Date: 26th March 2020 at 10:27am
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Was Chris Smalling given a fair crack of the whip during his time at Old Trafford?

It’s an intriguing question.

But it seems the signing of Harry Maguire, in the summer of 2019 proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Smalling’s Old Trafford career.

Following the signing of the former Leicester City centre-back, Smalling was sent out on a season-long loan spell to the Serie A club, Roma.

Since joining Roma, Smalling has flourished and made the desired impact that both he and the Italian club would have wanted.

Indeed, as reported by The Daily Mail, Smalling wishes to remain with the Serie A side permanently, something which Manchester United could be agreeable to.

But Smalling’s fine form has also seen interest expressed, according to The Metro, from another Premier League club in the shape of Arsenal, with a transfer fee of £25 million being mentioned.

In opening this article, I mentioned that the signing of Maguire was the final nail in the United career of Smalling, but that may not be entirely the case.

Earlier in this article, whilst discussing the possibility of Smalling remaining at Roma permanently, I mentioned that was something that Manchester United could be agreeable to.

Perhaps I should point out that in The Daily Mail, they point out Manchester United would only be agreeable to such a deal if they can persuade the Napoli centre-back, Kalidou Koulibaly to the club, something we covered yesterday – one-brave-transfer-move-could-give-manchester-united-the-central-defensive-partnership-they-need.

Clearly, everything isn’t as clear-cut as many may think.

In concluding, I believe Smalling was given a fair crack of the whip at Old Trafford but didn’t do enough to convince everybody he was the one for the future.

I also believe he’ll get his wish to remain at Roma thereby giving the player the move he craves.

But are these thoughts you concur with?

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