Smalling aims to seize chances
Manchester United's Chris Smalling is confident his hard work will be rewarded with playing opportunities.
Last Updated: 18/08/10 8:45am
New Manchester United signing Chris Smalling is confident his hard work will be rewarded with playing opportunities this season.
The 20-year-old defender, who arrived at Old Trafford from Fulham this summer, was awarded a run-out by manager Sir Alex Ferguson during United's Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley earlier this month.
Smalling, an England Under-21 stopper, believes chances will continue to present themselves this term, and hailed Ferguson for showing confidence in the younger members of his squad.
"I think there's definitely a crop of youngsters who are looking to have the manager's faith as the season goes on," Smalling told Sky Sports News.
"There are many games and if we all work hard from day to day we can take that chance when it comes.
"I think they (the chances) are there if you're working hard.
"Even when we made the Under-21s, in terms of the squad, we meet up and a lot of them are playing at their respective clubs and they've been given a lot of chances.
"When you go back to your clubs I think it's a case of just working hard and taking those chances when you can.
"To have a manager who has faith in youngsters here is very positive."
Old Trafford is home to a host of veteran players including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who once again proved their class during United's 3-0 victory against Newcastle on Monday night.
And Smalling says he draws motivation from training alongside the more experienced squad members.
"When you go out on the training field there's a bunch of players who have played the game at the highest level and I think that spurs you on," he added.
"I'm just starting out in my career, and seeing a lot of the players who have established themselves and had the consistency to play at that level for many years, that's obviously an aim for myself."