Smalling still in touch with Solskjaer

Smalling still in touch with Solskjaer

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, who is currently on loan at Roma has revealed he's still in touch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Smalling joined Roma on loan in the summer having fallen out the pecking order due to the arrival of Harry Maguire from Leicester City. Since joining the Italian side, the 29-year-old has been impressive and he has revealed Solskjaer has been tracking his progress as they chat via text messages. 

Speaking to The Athletic, he said, "I still speak to all the players – I was there a long time, they’re my friends. Tough times there at the moment, but the manager drops me messages." 

"He’s watching me, he saw I’ve been the man of the match and congratulated me. I think that Italian football suits aggressive and quick defenders who read the game well. I want to be a nuisance to the strikers here, just as I did in England."

On fighting for his place at United

"I think I’ll be a better player when I go back to Manchester next May."

"I was in constant dialogue with Ole and he told me that I would play a fair amount of games. I would’ve played 20-25 games, maybe more, but then Roma made their offer. It was put to me and I felt I could play 40-50 games with Roma, maybe twice what I’d play at United."

Smalling netted his first goal for Roma on Sunday as his side thumped Udinese 7-1.