Injuries to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have given Smalling opportunities at the heart of United's defence. On many occasions this season, however, he has found himself playing outside his comfort zone at right back.
"It's surprised me the number of times I've played there," he admitted to the Daily Mail. "It takes some getting used to. I'm nowhere near as comfortable at right back but I try my best.
"When you think of all the players who have walked through the doors here, if the manager picks you and has confidence in you, it gives you a boost. I've got no fears."