Chris Smalling put in another imperious performance for Manchester United in the 3-0 win over Everton this weekend.
Up against Romelu Lukaku, a striker many felt would cause Smalling lots of problems because of how physical he is, Smalling was so dominant and richly deserved a clean sheet at the end of the game.
Everything that has been thrown at Smalling so far this year has bounced off him and right now there aren’t many centre-backs who are in better form than him. For the first time since their exit, United look to have replaced some of defensive leadership which left when Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand departed.
Everton were frustrated and thwarted by Smalling so many times at Goodison Park and he’s done that to so many teams already this year. He’s become the reliable, consistent and top class defender which at one stage never looked like happening and it’s fantastic to see.
Last season, Smalling’s red card against Manchester City was the low point of his career but heading into the Manchester derby this weekend, he’s at the highest point of his United career in terms of form. Here’s hoping that form will continue against City.