Chris Smalling interview | The Times & Telegraph

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  1. Feb 17, 2019
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    Ekeke Full Member

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    Or he doesnt know what a good defender looks like
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    Southgate is mediocre tbf. Moyes was an absolute car crash of a Manchester United manager, I'm glad Chris ignored him.
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    If he was that good then don't you think that a top 6 team would have noticed?
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    Keeps It tidy Hates Messi

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    Aston Villa were a top 6 side back then.
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    devilish Juventus fan who used to support United

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    Not really. A top 4 then?
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    He chose Phil Jones over Chris Smalling which kinda suggests he does.
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    Haha no one else thought you played good football. Bubble
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    Bolded part is correct. You are right.

    In this case since we can't see the whole article it's a bit unclear whether or not Smalling was responding to another question, such as:

    Q: "Would you commit to a ten-year contract here at the club?"
    A: "It would be a no-brainer if Ole was given the job."


    I believe he probably is replying to something like the above since he uses the conditional 'would be' linked with the 'if'. If not then Smalling used the phrase incorrectly.

    In case you're still a bit unsure, just like you posted later on, 'It (is/was/would be/would have been) a no-brainer to give Ole the job.' is the proper usage of what the other people in the thread are saying to mean 'obviously/there is no question he should be given the job'. 'To' and not 'if'.
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    I read the interview with Jan Hammer's Crockett's Theme playing at 100% vol in the background. By the end I was inspired to get a job. One day.
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    I’m not claiming they did. But the perception here was just that.
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    In the media perhaps, most right thinking fans realised we got a virtual bye to the semi and as soon as we came up against someone decent, we got beat.
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    Have to agree. Lots of positive posts on here about how Southgate got England playing well again, because we made several chances against fodder and missed most of them. And then progressed on an easy route through the competition because the CBs scored some goals from set pieces

    Way too much hype
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    We've played nice stuff since the World Cup actually.

    But in the World Cup yeah we relied heavily on set pieces.
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    Laughed at this reference. :lol:
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    Can you label spoilers? If so, that should say "David Moyes" .... then I'd avoid opening it and stopped myself mumbling 'xxnker!' at my tablet's screen.
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    Same here. I think most of the country knew but we’re just enjoying the ride.
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    Maybe, but then Southgate has gone onto pick players who aren't great on the ball either - so yeah, as well as being piss-poor, it just didn't make much sense.
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    As previously said, Villa were a regular fixture in and around the Top 6/European places back then. The sides above them around that time had:

    Stam/Johnsen
    Adams/Keown
    Ferdinand/Radebe/Woodgate
    Desailly/Lebeouf

    Middlesbrough made a big splash too get him. Around the time Stam left and Johnsen was chronically injured we were credited as having an interest in him and given his form at the time, I wouldn't have minded.
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    Yeah it’s one thing having this opinion but sharing it in public was humiliating, sort of. And not being consistent in its implementation is just the icing on the cake.
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    Come on now, he wasn't average, he was a very good defender.
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    Hardly.
    At least in my friend's/colleague circle back in India. England were over the odds on back of some favorable draws.
    We were pretty much sure Croatia will win the game.
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    Southgate was stupid to call out Smalling on his ball playing abilities. But his team hardly seemed to play great on the ball.
    It was all ironic.
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    This is the same Southgate who spent the whole world cup playing Sterling out of position and used Rashford for a total of about 5 minutes outside of the two games nothing was riding on.

    Best way to respond is by being so good that being left out of the squad makes Southgate look like a massive idiot. At the time I don't think Smalling was playing particularly better or worse than the players ahead of him for anyone to ask many questions about it.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    He played for a top 6 club.

    Besides that, there were so many centre halves better than him.

    Defenders are terrible now.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    Never in a million years. Smalling would have struggled to get in a top half premier league side. Wouldn’t have got anywhere near the Euro 96 squad.
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    He was the Chris Smalling of his time with the difference that Chris won more and bottled with England far less then Gareth did.
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    Smalling > Howey
    Smalling = Southgate
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    Hilarious how much United fans can hate their own player.

    Steve Howey made the Euro 96 squad. But Chris Smalling wouldnt have got close :lol:

    We're talking about the Manchester United players' player of the year in 15-16.

    Southgate sure as hell didn't win Aston Villa or Boro player of the year. He won a player of the month award. So he had a good month, not career
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    Yeah I get it, not outside the UK. I’m talking about inside the UK.
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    Was he ? It's hardly up there with Hoddle saying Andrew Cole needed 5 chances to score one goal which was an all together different level of bullshit.
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    I don't claim it to be the stupidest thing ever.
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    True, but London based England Managers have been discrediting certain Manchester United players since Adam was a lad so it's not worth getting upset about, at least with Smalling there's an element of truth in it.
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    Clueless muppets being clueless muppets alert. Just look at the Pogba thread this season as a demonstration.
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    Classic "my opinion = the rest of world's opinion" post :lol:
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    Who said I hated him?

    He’s a good fella, a good defender too.

    Southgate was a far better defender.
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    You clearly hate him if you are suggesting Steve Howie is a better CB than him.

    Smalling is a better defender than Southgate, he was the united players player of the year. They know better than you sorry.
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    UnrelatedPsuedo I pity the poor fool who stinks like I do!

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    Howey was included in that squad as he’d just played at the heart of a Newcastle defence as they finished second in the league.

    It may have been his best season as a pro, but we weren’t to know that when the squad was picked.

    Southgate was a better centre back than almost everyone in the league right now. At least as good as the Tottenham pair.

    He said a sh1tty thing about Smalling but we don’t need to pretend he couldn’t play football.