Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in dressing room barb at top-six rivals
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has taken aim at United’s top-six rivals, with his suggestion that there is unrest within their respective dressing rooms.
While the England centre-half is enjoying life at Old Trafford, he claims there are “a lot of stories from other clubs” which suggest all is not well elsewhere.
Three of United’s rivals, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, have all seen problems emerge over recent months with star men.
After being frustrated in the transfer market, Antonio Conte has seen the Blues’ ostracised striker Diego Costa criticise his managerial style in a frank interview last week, while Tottenham defender Danny Rose recently questioned his club’s ambition and wage structure.
Liverpool wantaway Philippe Coutinho is causing Jurgen Klopp problems as deadline day looms and Smalling insists United are ‘blessed’ to have such a harmonious squad.
“It’s hard to be able to have 25 players that all get along,” Smalling said. “But I’ve found in the dressing room everybody is getting on, everyone’s joking, we’ve got music playing and everyone is laughing and joking about.
“I hear a lot of stories from other clubs and there’s a lot more people that don’t get on than us so I think we’re very blessed to have the changing room that we have.”
United players regard the team spirit under Jose Mourinho to be the best since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.
Mourinho has repeatedly lauded the United squad and used his programme notes to express his approval again last week.
“As I told them all recently, during my long career I have never worked with a group I like as much as I like them,” he said. “Our three new signings – Victor, Romelu and Nemanja – are all very lucky to have joined a group like this, because it is so easy to work with them.”