Smalling confident of fitting in

Last Updated: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:38

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists that he is comfortable slotting into Louis van Gaal's new formation.

Van Gaal is keen on using the 3-5-2 formation that helped his Holland side reach the third-place play-offs at the World Cup in Brazil this summer as he looks to get the Red Devils back into the Champions League.

The Dutchman has made it clear that he needs extra central defenders adding to his squad with the likes of Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Smalling revealed that he has not played in a back three since turning professional but feels that he has the right attributes to slot into the new system and hopefully earn a regular run in the side.

Smalling said: "Being part of that formation means you have a lot of responsibility.

"We really have to go out there and attack and be nice and aggressive. I would like to think that's my game.

"I played in a back three when I was younger, not since I turned professional, but we are all picking it up and enjoying it.

"Communication is key, but we get on well so that's not really an issue."

Punters looking to use their free bet might fancy United to get off to a good start when their campaign gets underway at home against Swansea on August 16.

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