'Gutted' Smalling thanks Roma as he returns to Man Utd

Ross Houston
August 5, 2020

"This transfer window is a long one and every transfer takes its course", he said.

Even if United field their fringe players, they should still have too much quality for LASK and they can pick up another comfortable win here and move on to the quarter-finals.

United, who finished third in the Premier League, hold a 5-0 lead over Austrian side Lask Linz heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie which will be played without fans at Old Trafford on Wednesday (Aug 5).

"For me personally, when I won my first trophy as a player it made me more hungry because you saw the highs of it, how much it meant for everyone".


Man Utd regulars such as Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka should all get a rest while Luke Shaw has been ruled out until September with an ankle injury.

Scott McTominay and Fred are expected to start in the middle of the park for United tomorrow while Juan Mata could get the nod over Andreas Pereira.

The defender said he was "gutted" that he "can't finish what we started this season" as the Serie A side prepared to face Sevilla and Solskjaer is ready to welcome the 30-year-old back to Old Trafford.

"I think Chris has shown over his career at United how valuable he is", Solskjaer said.


Roma boss Paulo Fonseca publically admitted that he would like to retain Smalling's services beyond the end of the current season back in April, telling Portuguese publication A Bola: "He's a great professional and person, it's a pleasure to have him here with us". "Now he's coming back and Chris has shown this season that he will be valuable".

United have not won a major trophy since beating Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final.

"I've not had the best of seasons and after lockdown I wanted to impress the manager".

The Chile worldwide has been an unmitigated flop at Old Trafford and PA understands discussions over an exit continue, having been given the go-ahead to feature for Inter against Getafe on Wednesday. "But at the moment it looks like a tournament so we'll be staying in Germany".


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