Smalling thanks fellow Man Utd defenders for helping him settle

New Manchester United recruit Chris Smalling has thanked fellow central defenders Wes Brown and Jonny Evans for making him feel at home

New Manchester United recruit Chris Smalling has thanked fellow central defenders Wes Brown and Jonny Evans for making him feel at home

Smalling is looking for his second run-out for the club against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The former Fulham player partnered Evans at the back in the 3-1 victory over Celtic on Friday in Toronto.

With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both absent, the 20 year old has the chance to make an early impression on boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the coaching staff.

Smalling said: "The tour has been a really enjoyable experience so far. It was great to meet everyone, initially at Carrington.

"I have spent quite a bit of time with Wes and Jonny, my fellow centre-backs.

"And I have also been chatting to a lot of the younger lads. It is just great to get to know everybody and be part of such a great club. I just want to do my best."

Brown, now one of the United's senior players at 30, believes Smalling has a bright future.

"Chris is a great lad and has fitted in brilliantly," he said.

"He has been training really well - he looks very fit and sharp. I am sure he will be ready and raring to go for the start of the season."

 
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