Smalling urged to shout and be counted

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been urged to find his voice on the pitch at Old Trafford.

The former Fulham starlet has come to the fore for the Red Devils in recent weeks amidst an injury crisis at the back, but coaching staff at the club have urged the player to become more vocal when on the field of play.

"The coaching staff want me to start expressing myself a bit more," said the 21-year-old.

"They think I am a bit quiet on the pitch. But it is starting to come. With more games I am sure that confidence will come across. You have to dictate and make sure people are marking. I have to make sure that comes across."

Smalling has emjoyed a rapid rise to success in the Barclays Premier League, leaving Maidstone United as a teenager for Craven Cottage before Sir Alex Ferguson signed the player in January '10 for an undisclosed fee.


The player recognises he's still a relative junior with regards to professional football though, and that an experienced head next to him is definitely an advantage.

"It is important to have an experienced player with me. I have not really faced these kind of strikers before, so having someone around to help has made it a lot easier. It gives you the confidence to cope."

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