Jamie Carragher: Chris Smalling is the best centre-back in the league

by Tanveer Arayan

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has been the best centre-back in the Premier League this season.

Smalling has earned rave reviews for his performances at the back this term. Man United have enjoyed an impressive defensive record this season and the Englishman has played a large part in that.

He really has been one of the few positives for Man United in what has otherwise been an underwhelming campaign. Former Liverpool defender Carragher was full of praise for Smalling.

“He’s become a man and he’s become a leader at the back for Manchester United”, Carragher said.

“The improvements Smalling has made, what he has become now, he’s like almost the leader of the Manchester United team.

“I think he’s actually been the best centre-back in the Premier League this season.

“I think of United’s defensive record and a lot comes from him.”


Louis van Gaal’s side have conceded just 14 goals in 17 Premier League games this term, joint-lowest with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Van Gaal has come under immense pressure in recent weeks but he deserves credit for the way he has given Smalling the confidence to succeed. A largely injury free run in the first-team has benefitted Smalling immensely and it is looking like he will only go from strength to strength in the future.

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