You would have been hard pressed to find many people defending Chris Smalling after his sending off in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in November.
The centre-back had received the second of two inexplicably careless yellow cards and at that point his trudge from the field seemed as if it would take him all the way out of the club this summer.
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But here's the thing -- Smalling is actually quite good. He is good enough to be linked with Arsenal and for some United supporters to...