Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he was forced to hold a frank discussion with Chris Smalling yesterday, following reports that the defender was out drinking until the early hours last weekend.
Smalling was spotted in Manchester's Spinningfield district at 3.15am on Saturday morning, with the MEN reporting that the 24-year-old was signing United's famous "we'll do what we want" chant before finally called it a night.
Moyes was asked about the incident in his pre-match press conference for tonight's Manchester derby and admitted that he was forced to take action, but stopped short of going going into details about the type of disciplinary action Smalling faced.
The Red Devils chief is quoted by The Guardian as stating: "I've dealt with it and I've spoken to Chris. That would be as much as I would want to say on it."
United fans will surely take Smalling's latest transgression with a pinch of salt, particularly with the England international currently sidelined by a hamstring complaint.
Smalling is no stranger to controversy surrounding his off-field antics though, after being pictured in January dressed as a 'suicide bomber' in a fancy-dress joke gone wrong.
Moyes will hope to see a positive reaction from the youngster as he focuses on making a swift return to first-team action, particularly with United's injury problems in central defence.
Michael Carrick filled in ably during last weekend's 2-0 win over West Ham but Moyes would like to find some defensive stability in the next fortnight, particularly with a Champions League quarter-final against defending champions looming large.