Roma Defender Chris Smalling To Return To Old Trafford At The End Of The Season

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests Chris Smalling will return to Old Trafford after completing his loan spell in Rome.

The Englishman had fallen out with the fans during his time at Old Trafford as he was constantly among the guilty party whenever United leaked goals in.

The defender seemed to be unable to find a consistent rhythm to his game and never managed to shake off his inconsistency. That, coupled with how the game had evolved to favour ball-playing centre-backs did not help the United loanee’s case.

What really spelled the defender’s exit from Manchester was the arrival of record signing Harry Maguire. After the former Leicester City defender’s arrival, Smalling was no longer high enough in Solskjaer’s pecking order.

The England international ultimately joined the Serie A side on a loan deal.

However, the Norwegian boss insists he expects the centre-back to return to Carrington at the end of his loan spell, despite becoming quite a star in Rome.

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When talking about the former Fulham man, the Red Devils’ boss said: “He’s a boy who couldn’t be here without being a regular and we decided on that. I am so, so happy for him because we can see the top player he is.”

The ex-Cardiff City manager was explicitly quizzed whether the loanee could be back at Old Trafford at the end of the season to which he simply replied: “Yes.”

The 30-year-old has a hand in 3 Serie A goals this season and hasn’t missed a single minute of football since late September. Clearly the England star has become a regular for the Italian giants, so it is likely that they’ll resist letting him return back to England.