Manchester United ace Chris Smalling is set to return to Old Trafford next month as his loan will not allow him to play in the Europa League for AS Roma.
Smalling, 30, has spent the past season on loan at Roma, impressing Paulo Foncesca during his time at the Stadio Olimpico.
The veteran played 28 games in Serie A, scoring two goals, supplying two assists, completing two interceptions and over four clearances per game (via WhoScored).
Meanwhile, Harry Maguire has come under fire for his performances this season. The club captain copped a fair amount of criticism from Red Devils legend Roy Keane after making a string of errors during the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Unsurprisingly, loads of United fans gushed over the “colossus” as the transfer news broke on social media, with several supporters tweeting the “class” defender is “better than Maguire.” However, it is worth pointing out Maguire has actually earned a higher WhoScored rating than his teammate at the time of writing.
Scroll through some of the glowing reactions so far…
He is much better than slabhead Maguire he actually won the premier league and took a red for tge team to win the FA cup instead Maguire injured oir own player and scored an own goal
— John got a new motor (@got_motor) July 28, 2020
He would still make a decent backup CB imo instead of Bailly, Jones and Tuanzebe, simply because how injury prone they are.
— Milan (@razielqqq) July 28, 2020
Keep him and sell Phil Jones 2.0
— Fed Up🔰 (@TruthHurts_LUHG) July 27, 2020
You can’t leave England for Italy and not be class. Keep him though. Sell Jones.
— Soore (@shorex_sda) July 27, 2020
He’s been a colossus for Roma. Could be a class backup for Lindelof, veteran with bags of experience t boot.
— Mohawk Watch (@mohawkwatch) July 28, 2020
I think we should give him priority over Eric Bailly and Lindlof both, he had one very good season under LVG
— Haider Ali (@alihaider907) July 27, 2020
Good. Way better than Maguire but this fanbase isn’t ready for that conversation.
— Maguire licks lizards (@UtdPogz) July 27, 2020
We should first get a good replacement before letting him go! I just like how he plays with aggression which is absolutely necessary in any defence. He got something important we’re lacking in our defence, Good aerial clearance and the goalscoring ability
— john tiger (@jnm8838) July 28, 2020
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