Chris Smalling poses with his Manchester United October Player of the Month Award. Picture courtesy Manutd.com
Chris Smalling has beaten competition from Marcos Rojo and Anthony Martial to win the Manchester United Player of the Month for October.
The former Fulham youngster is proud to have been recognised by the fans after losing out on the previous two – August and September. But his huge growth and influence has been noticed by all at Old Trafford this season.
Smalling has so far made more appearances (19) than any other Manchester United player this campiagn and was clearly pleased to win the prize, he told MUTV: “Yes, it’s a massive achievement and one that I’m very proud of, that the fans have recognised the work that goes in on the pitch. I’m happy that I’m the player that’s been chosen this month.”
Manager Louis van Gaal was quick to highlight the growth of the player who is rated by Captain Wayne Rooney as one of the top three center backs in the world.
“He is one of the players who has improved himself a lot and I am a happy manager,” the Dutchman said ahead of the match with West Brom. “But the fans have to be happy also, because they see the development of a lot of players who are also improving. I hope that they see that as well.”
Smalling is expected to lead Manchester United’s defense when they entertain West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.