Arguably the most improved defender in the premier league defender this season, Manchester United star Chris Smalling says he draws inspiration from Boxing legend Mohammed Ali.
The former Fulham youngster has shown incredible form this season as the Red Devils maintain their chase for a surprise shut at the premier league title – playing all the games so far this season and currently holds the title as the club’s Player of the Month.
Manchester United are the tightest defence in the premier league courtesy the form of the England international and he reveals where the inspiration came from.
‘There are lots to name, but I’m a big fan of Muhammad Ali,’ he told Manutd.com. I have got a few pictures of his quotes around my house as well.
‘He always backed himself. You can be overconfident, but he could back it up and he had that belief. That was somebody who was really at the top of his game.’
Manchester United are third on the premier league log with 28 points, just one behind joint leaders Leicester and Manchester City.