Manchester United are set to offer Chris Smalling a new deal to stay at Old Trafford despite the ongoing row with Jose Mourinho over his fitness.
Smalling hasn’t featured for United since suffering a broken toe during the club’s 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last month and was recently heavily criticised by Mourinho. The former Chelsea manager questioned the defender’s commitment.
The 26-year-old only has two more years remaining on his current contract with United but it is understood that the club are ready to offer Smalling a new improved deal to keep him at Old Trafford.
Smalling has endured a difficult start to the new campaign under the Mourinho. Injuries combined with poor defensive errors on the field have all played a key role in the defender falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford but with games coming up quick and fast and the long term injury to Bailly, Smalling now has a perfect opportunity to win himself a place back in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven.
When fully fit there are few better centre-backs in the Premier League than Smalling. As shown under former United head coach Louis Van Gaal last season the £80,000 a week England international is a defender who is more than capable of stepping up to the plate and delivering the goods when it matters most for United. His excellent leadership on the field along with his outstanding reading of the game still makes him one of the finest defenders at the club and is a player who could come of great use to Mourinho in the coming weeks ahead.
The defence remains an area on the pitch which Mourinho is yet to fully address at Old Trafford. Whilst Bailly’s arrival from Villarreal have gone some way to fixing matters there remains a much deeper problem alongside the Ivorian at the heart of United’s defence.
Although Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo are capable of coming in and doing a job for the team they simply do not possess the same quality as Smalling and with Arsenal constantly getting linked with the former Fulham star, United offering him a new contract makes perfect.