Andy Mitten column: Chris Smalling is in the form of his life at Roma – and could still return to Manchester United’s defence

Chris Smalling Roma

As it stands, Chris Smalling is returning to Manchester United next season. That’s what both he and his club think right now. 

United have watched him closely: they’ve sent senior staff to Rome, and the central defender is in regular contact with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and several of his team-mates. Before going out on loan he had been at United for a long time, playing more games for them than Cristiano Ronaldo or Nemanja Vidic. It’s home to him.

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