He faced Sir Alex Ferguson twice in the dugout in Manchesterderbies, losing 1-0 to a David Beckham free-kick at Maine Road butearning a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Best performance: Manchester United's Chris Smalling tackles Manchester City's Carlos Tevez
Sir Alex Ferguson is the best in the business at looking ahead.In Chris Smalling, he has the next Rio Ferdinand.
This was Smalling's best performance in a United shirt.
We know about his composure on the ball, as seen in one run out of defence, but Sir Alex will be more impressed with his defending yesterday - that is his primary job.
Chris Smalling's movement
When City were going for it in the closing stages, looking for an equaliser, Smalling stood firm and his finest moment came when he made a great tackle in the final moment.
Nani looks more and more like the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, Smalling is the equivalent for Ferdinand.
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