• 12 August 2010
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Chris Smalling has said that he is not unfazed by challenge for places provided by players like Fabio da Silva. The 20-year-old went to Old Trafford this summer for £10million from Fulham in one of the most eyebrow-raising transfers so far after agreeing a deal back in January.

It has been a meteoric rise to success for the young centre-back, who was plucked from obscurity by Roy Hodgson two years ago to move to Craven Cottage from non-league Maidstone.

Despite not playing a great deal of games in his time for the Cottagers, Sir Alex Ferguson saw enough of the England Under 21 defender to pay out for his services, but Smalling claims he is unfazed by what lies ahead. The free bets uk websites all seem to back Fergie's decision, with punters jumping on Smalling to be in the England team by World Cup 2014.

"The manager has told me that I'm going to be the part of the first team and that as and when I'm called upon I have to be ready," said Smalling, who is currently on United's pre-season tour of the USA.

"I'm happy about that and getting ready, which is what pre-season is all about. Obviously I've had since January to know about the move, get a few more games at Fulham and I'm really focused on what's ahead. When you see a young player like Jonny Evans play so many games for United last season and over the last few years, it's something to aim for."

The current era of Smalling, Evans, Federico Macheda, Darron Gibson, Javier Hernandez and Fabio and Rafael Da Silva are all expected to be given chances this season, with Smalling relishing the prospect of them developing together.

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