As Manchester United prepare for their biggest game in years tomorrow night, the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a better go of things next term.
Despite a pretty disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League this season, the Red Devils around the bar fully expect Jose Mourinho to continue overhauling the Old Trafford squad.
Indeed, England international Chris Smalling has recently been touted as a potential victim of Mourinho’s cull and reports from the Daily Star list some potential suitors.
According to the report, the likes of West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace are keen on the 27-year-old, who captained the side regularly under Louis van Gaal.
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is not thought to rate Smalling’s mental toughness and a host of Premier League sides will surely be keen.
While he proved a big part of the LVG era at the Theatre of Dreams, many of the United fans who frequent the Tavern believe there are stronger options than Smalling in central defence these days.