The Red Devils are placed rather precariously, with even their 8th spot on the table not looking all too secure. Then there’s the concern of their defensive woes – the side has conceded 21 goals already this season, one fewer than they’ve scored.
This stat is worrisome due to Jose Mourinho’s image as a defense-oriented gaffer, and is a further woe, as even David De Gea has been helpless in the face of goals.
Much of their fault lies in the lack of a leader in the heart of their defense. Now, a change may be about to occur to one of the players who currently occupies that spot.
If the talks break down, the club does reserve the option of activating a 12-month-extension clause in the Englishman’s contract and revisit the talks at a later point.
However, the report understands that the higher-ups at Old Trafford would rather secure the player’s contract at this point itself.
Alongside Lindelof, Smalling has eventually found a half-decent pairing at the back, but there is no denying that their efforts are nowhere near capable enough of what a club like United requires to compete at the top level.
Mourinho was vocal about his displeasure towards the club when they were unable to land a defensive specialist during the summer window. A host of names had come under the side’s radar, with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire featuring heavily.
However, if Smalling does receive a fresh extension, it begs the question of what this means for the prospect of Mourinho’s hopeful defensive signing in the winter window.