Chris Smalling turned in brilliant Man of the Match performance for AS Roma
The summer of 2019 saw a sharp change in Manchester United’s backine with the defensive reinforcements of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company also chose to offload Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling.
The English centre-back, who joined his former teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Rome on a season-long loan, lost his debut game as a Roma player 2-0 against Atalanta in Serie A.
However, he was named Man of the Match ahead of goalscorer Edin Dzeko, for his dominant display in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Leece.
The 29-year-old won 100% of his aerial duels and tackles, while also making more ball recoveries, shots, headed clearances, interceptions, and blocks than any other player in Stadio Via del Mare.
Chris Smalling's game by numbers vs. Lecce:
100% aerial duels won
7 aerial duels won
1 take-on completed
Settling in well at Roma. pic.twitter.com/wj2i9mI9Bf
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 29, 2019