Manchester United may have seen their 100 per cent record end this weekend but they are still yet to concede a goal in the Premier League this season thanks to another fine display from Chris Smalling and co. at the back.
The 25-year-old has developed a fine partnership with Daley Blind, and along with full-backs Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, Smalling is part of a United back-line that looks considerably stronger than it did last season.
United fans have been crying out for a new experienced centre-back all summer but could Smalling be the answer?
Certainly the way he has played against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and now Newcastle suggests that could be the case, and it is even more surprising considering Phil Jones looked ahead of him in the pecking order prior to his injury on the eve of the new season.
After United’s latest match we took to Twitter to see what fans thought of Smalling’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
although we drew 0-0 our back four was brilliant again, Smalling looks like a completely different defender this season top class— Aaron Blake (@BlakeyVII) August 22, 2015
On a positive note: We were solid defensively once again! Smalling and Blind were brilliant. And mata was our best player today.— Tanmay ^_^ (@Tanmay_MUFC) August 22, 2015
Smalling has been brilliant so far this season— Glock Lesnar (@campbish10) August 22, 2015
#Smalling great in the air, solid again. Dealt with any danger. Passing was good plus a threat from corners, unlucky not to score Overall: 7— #MUFCMata (@ManUnitedMata) August 22, 2015
So frustrating! Too pedestrian going forward, Rooney anonymous. Smalling beastly again, fullbacks great. We need more Hererra! #MUFC— Sim (@SIM89F) August 22, 2015
Man Utd don't need a new CB. After today i'm sure Smalling is the man for the job. Put in a great shift today. And we do need a striker.— Tanmay Mudgal (@TanmayMudgal) August 22, 2015
anyways my MOTM was Smalling. Another flawless game. Blind, Darmian and Shaw great as well.— KACHI (@Kachcarter) August 22, 2015
Once again Smalling superb ! Stays fit and its a big position solved !— jim hall (@jim7202) August 22, 2015
Smalling excellent, matured so well as a CB. Just seems more confident and composed when committing himself to a tackle. Superb.— • (@UtdDi) August 22, 2015