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Smalling eager to grab United chance
Published : 05 Jan 2011 15:30:04
Chris Smalling is determined to seize every opportunity to prove he is worthy of a Manchester United first team place.Smalling capped an excellent first half-season at Old Trafford following his surprise move from Fulham by claiming man-of-the-match honours in Tuesday night's win over Stoke.Despite making his first Premier League start, the 21-year-old performed with admirable maturity in subduing a powerful Stoke front line."It is nice to hear some positive words from the manager," Smalling said. "At the start of the season I got to play every other week but I haven't had a game for the last few weeks. Hopefully I can make my presence felt and get many more."For the time being, it is all about concentration and consistency. That will improve the more I play. I know Vida and Rio are the first choices, I just have to make sure I do equally well when I come in, so I know I am playing my part."