Smalling enjoying United life
Manchester United new boy Chris Smalling admits he is loving life at his new club.
Last Updated: 19/07/10 9:05pm
Manchester United new boy Chris Smalling has revealed how fellow central defenders Wes Brown and Jonny Evans have helped him settle in at his new club.
Smalling, 20, is currently with the rest of the United squad on their pre-season tour of North America, and he is expected to play some part against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday.
With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both absent from the tour, Smalling has the chance to make an early impression on manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the coaching staff.
And he has thanked fellow defenders Brown and Evans for helping him settle into life at the Premier League giants following his summer switch from Fulham.
Smalling, who was playing for non-league Maidstone 18-months-ago, said: "The tour has been a really enjoyable experience so far. It was great to meet everyone, initially at Carrington.
"I have spent quite a bit of time with Wes and Jonny, my fellow centre-backs.
"And I have also been chatting to a lot of the younger lads. It is just great to get to know everybody and be part of such a great club. I just want to do my best."
Brown, now one of the United's senior players at 30, believes Smalling has a bright future ahead of him.
"Chris is a great lad and has fitted in brilliantly," he said.
"He has been training really well - he looks very fit and sharp. I am sure he will be ready and raring to go for the start of the season."