Smalling not taking rapid progress at Man Utd for granted

Chris Smalling isn't taking his progress at Manchester United for granted.

Chris Smalling isn't taking his progress at Manchester United for granted.

While the 6-1 defeat by City was a collective disaster, Smalling has yet to hit the wall as an individual in United’s colours.

But he’s prepared for that challenge should it arise.

“Everybody’s career is not plain sailing. I have been very much enjoying how it has gone over the last couple of years and hopefully it will stay on course,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “But I will be ready if there is a setback and I will work hard.

“When I was younger I stopped playing for a professional club after being at Millwall’s Academy. I was at school and I thought the chance in the pro game might not come again. But I was always going to give it a go and keep at it and worked hard. I never gave up and the reminder of that will always help me in the future. That will be the same response if I get a setback in the professional game. I learned from that.

“You cannot take anything for granted.”

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