Chris Smalling enters Guinness book of records for goalscoring heroics against Burnley

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has won himself a spot in the Guinness Book of Records.

The 25-year-old finds himself with two records, both recorded in the same game against Burnley last season.

After coming on as a first-half substitute, Smalling scored two goals in the first half to take Man United into the break ahead.

His two goals got him the awards of the fastest Premier League goal by a substitute from kick-off and also the most goals by a substitute in a first-half.

The Englishman is yet to get on the scoresheet this season, although he came extremely close during United’s 0-0 draw against newcastle when he hit the post with a header.

However, his performances in defense have definitely caught the eye. Centre-back was seen as a problem area for United going into the new season but Smalling has ensured the back four have looked solid, conceding just three goals in six games so far this campaign (including an own goal against Tottenham Hotspur).

Over the international break, the ex-Fulham man will be hoping that his displays for United mean that he starts for his country against both San Marino and Switzerland.

It is an opportunity for Smalling to really stake a claim for a starting spot at next year’s European Championships, before returning to Manchester and focusing on United’s game against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

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