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Chris Smalling 2018-19 Performances

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5.6 Average rating
18 Appearances
1 Goal
5 Clean sheets
1 Yellow card
  1. Nov 27, 2018

    Foxbatt Full Member

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    One of his best games and probably our best player today.
  2. Nov 27, 2018

    Tapori Full Member

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    I had to post just how impressed I was with Smalling's excellent long passing and play.
    Seemed to command and relax as I think he has a better rapport with Jones.
    What is our overall record with these 2 at centre back?

    Even Jones had a good game getting forward
  3. Nov 27, 2018

    villain Hates Beyoncé

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    Excellent game, good to see him comfortable in possession and being more adventurous with his passing too.
  4. Nov 27, 2018

    abdo99 Full Member City Lover

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    He turned into mike again. Back to his old form from the LVG days.
  5. Nov 27, 2018

    All 3 United His tinfoil hat protects him from the Glazers. Verified Moaner

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    So much better when he doesn’t have a non-footballing entity next to him. Good game and some really good passing.
  6. Nov 27, 2018

    Bastian Full Member

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    Had a great game and surprised with his vision and long-range pass to Shaw and the couple of through balls for Lingard/Rashford. De Gea MOTM for me though, that save was immense.
  7. Nov 27, 2018

    Devil may care Full Member Verified Moaner

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    He was ok, new cast of characters around him tonight, probably delivered our best through ball of the match.
  8. Nov 27, 2018

    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    That little backheel on the touchline, when it looked like he was going to launch it, that was sexy football.
  9. Nov 27, 2018

    Rajma Full Member

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    Can’t fault him today
  10. Nov 27, 2018

    harms Way Staff

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    For me he was our best player before De Gea made that save.
  11. Nov 27, 2018

    Cutch Shit stirrer (Literally)

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    Yeah was really good tonight actually. Our best outfield player by a distance I thought
  12. Nov 27, 2018

    breakout67 Full Member

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    Mike Smalling decided to turn up, incisive forward passing and calm under pressure with the ball. No idea where this came from but hopefully we can carry on.
  13. Nov 27, 2018

    snk123 Full Member

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    This is what he used to play under LVG. Especially loved that clever backward pass to keep the ball in and the pressure on.
  14. Nov 27, 2018

    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    Superb performance. Brilliant on the ball as well as defending.
  15. Nov 27, 2018

    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    Who's that?
  16. Nov 28, 2018

    MikeKing Full Member

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    Yeah, no it was surprising. It has been a couple of seasons since we've seen that of a complete performance for 90min from a CB, and with his great passing out from the back too. But to be fair to him and I think some of us probably almost forgot that this was an important CL night, but still good of him to know that, and he came prepared. Also, he is usually very confident against teams that sits deep against us so he can isolate and dominate the striker when we play with a higher line. Gave us plenty of chances to keep our attacking shape and go again, too bad we couldn't make use of all the time spent in their half. Good to see him actually take responsibility to try to play for once and not just pass it to the next man, as most of our team usually does these days.
  17. Nov 28, 2018

    stevoc Full Member

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    Motm
  18. Nov 28, 2018

    RonaldoVII Full Member

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    Virgil van Mike. Top class performance.
  19. Nov 28, 2018

    Loublaze ATLien

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    MOTM. Some superb passing. @11101 what say you?
  20. Nov 28, 2018

    Ashley R1+O New Member

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    Good shout that. Not much more needs to be said about him, another superb performance. Rack em up!
  21. Nov 28, 2018

    MadDogg Full Member

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    I'm not sure about statwise, but they do tend to often do well. There is a reason they were the main partnership last season. The problem is that they'll occasionally throw in a poor performance (normally Jones), and those poor performances are absolutely terribly bad.

    Both were great tonight, comfortably our best two outfield players.
  22. Nov 28, 2018

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    He played like he did under Van Gaal. That one pass where he just switched the ball to Martial or Shaw was so good. Hopefully he plays like this instead of being scared to pass more than 5 yards.
  23. Nov 28, 2018

    flappyjay Full Member

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    He summoned Mike for this match
  24. Nov 28, 2018

    Mcking Full Member

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    He is a very good CB. He just needs that luxury of a stable good CB next to him, rather than having to cover for his partner every minute, every game. He has barely had a stable partner next to him in over 4 years as first choice.
  25. Nov 28, 2018

    11101 Full Member

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    He's been decent recently. Unlike the agenda posters I can happily say when players have been good/bad.
  26. Nov 28, 2018

    Robbie Boy Full Member

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    Sad that Smalling had to be our best player against fecking Young Boys. I'm sure with any other top team, a forward player / creative player would have been MOTM against them in a home tie. We are so depressing.
  27. Nov 28, 2018

    ClaytonBlackmoorLeftPeg Full Member

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    He has some good ball playing skills in his locker - but we were playing Young Boys!! I enjoyed that pass and a couple of surges forward and forward passing from him yesterday.

    He would find it more difficult when given less time and a more effective press by a better team - he's usually good at keeping is simple, the issue is the midfield who just pass it sideways.
  28. Nov 28, 2018

    Sylar Full Member

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    Hes pretty much gonna play rest of the season. I hope this wasnt a one off with regards to his passing and distribution. I know we were playing YB, but still, a pass is a pass, (and makes a change from him launching it out into play or passing it behind a player on the run).
  29. Nov 28, 2018

    Ekeke Full Member

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    The thing is Lindelof and Bailly have moved the goalposts on how bad bad can be this season. Jones will be happy with that because he's more capable
  30. Nov 28, 2018

    Mickson Full Member

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    Gets too much stick. He is a good cb. Not great but reliable. He certainly is our best and most reliable cb as well.
  31. Dec 1, 2018

    11101 Full Member

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    Injured or another one the manager has taken a dislike to?
  32. Dec 1, 2018

    Hephaestus Full Member

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    Foot injury apparently.
  33. Dec 1, 2018

    SirAF Ageist

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    Injured.
  34. Dec 1, 2018

    Hammondo New Member

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    Missed him today.
  35. Dec 1, 2018

    Ashley R1+O New Member

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    No Smalling, no party.
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    Dec 5, 2018

    Bobski Full Member

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    Thought he was off tonight, even forgetting the first goal he looked laboured in his movement.
  37. Dec 5, 2018

    Devil may care Full Member Verified Moaner

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    Bobski could be onto something, looked uncomfortable and I don't think he's that keen on the back 3 system.
  38. Dec 5, 2018

    Ekeke Full Member

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    First goal he tripped over the Arsenal player behind him. But overall tonight he wasnt called on very much with all Ander's ball winning in midfield, the constant falling over of Arsenal players leading to set pieces and Bailly took charge at times as well
  39. Dec 5, 2018

    Bobski Full Member

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    I watched him closely for a while just in general play and his movement was stiff. I know he was carrying an injury, who wasn't in the back 3, but he didn't look smooth. As Devil said a back 3 might not be a good fit for him either, well especially with 2 headless chickens alongside, at times that central pivot of the 3 does need a greater passing range than he possesses.
  40. Dec 5, 2018

    Ekeke Full Member

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    Its far more important on the sides. As we saw with Rojo who released the ball early and got us moving at times. He has the confidence to do it, although he also has the record of giving the ball to opposing attackers too.

    A CB in the middle of a 3 will rarely play a great pass through the middle