How Alex Ferguson convinced Chris Smalling to snub Arsenal for Manchester United
How Alex Ferguson convinced Chris Smalling to snub Arsenal for Manchester United
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How Alex Ferguson convinced Chris Smalling to snub Arsenal for Manchester United

Before joining Manchester United, Chris Smalling has revealed that he was on the verge of moving to Arsenal before Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to sign for the Red Devils.

The center-back made the switch from Fulham to United back in 2010 and was linked with Arsenal before making the move to Old Trafford. 

Smalling is currently on loan at Italian outfit AS Roma and has impressed so far, scoring his first goal in the 4-0 win over Udinese this week.

Smalling who is a boyhood fan of Arsenal revealed to The Athletic how Ferguson convinced him to join United, "In my head, I was going to Arsenal. Then Manchester United got in touch.

"I was leaving the team bus at Blackburn away and [Fulham boss] Roy Hodgson said, 'We’ve accepted a bid from Man United'. That threw me.

"I felt there were more opportunities to play at Arsenal, but I spoke to Fergie and he said, 'I wouldn’t sign you if I didn’t think you could play games.' Maybe his aura felt right, but I made the right decision because I was soon playing alongside great players and winning the league."

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