Many Manchester United fans are reacting to the latest news surrounding the club as reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano believes Chris Smalling could be on his way back to AS Roma.
Despite him struggling to erform consistently to the level required of a Manchester United player, Smalling flourished last season in Serie A as the 30 year-old managed four clearances and 1.9 interceptions a game, per WhoScored, whilst also scoring three goals and supplying two assists as well as helping his team to keep six clean sheets.
This news, tweeted out by @utdreport, has had some fans excited because they would be pleased to see a defender leave in order for them to have a chance to sign Upamecano.
Compared to Smalling, Upamecano has averaged more tackles per game (1.9 to 0.8, via WhoScored), so he certainly has an aptitude for breaking up opposition attacks. He is also only 21 and this could be why many are so excited as he has the potential to be a top-class defender and already has experience in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Here is what these United fans said following the news:
Chris Smalling set to leave Manchester United, with the club searching for a new defender
— utdreport (@utdreport) September 1, 2020
Imagine going from Smalling to Upamecano. What an upgrade if it happens.
— SEUN (@Dan_Onas) September 1, 2020
Clearing the deadwood like pic.twitter.com/vydA0V8Ysh
— DevilsUnited (@united_mantd) September 1, 2020
Finally some good news
— Akosua Korkor (@KwameTamakloe_1) September 1, 2020
— Kesham_10™ (@Sharmasewoosun1) September 1, 2020
— ᴠɪᴀɴ 🔰 (@mufcvian) September 1, 2020
— ~ (@PP6AM9) September 1, 2020
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