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This annoys me. We’re effectively smoothing out the rough edges of Chris Smalling’s play for Manchester United’s benefit.

Good luck to the lad but isn’t it a little like learning to drive by crashing your mate’s car?

Had he not been signed by United then the criticism would be quite different. But now all eyes are on him.

He’ll cope with the pressure of playing at Old Trafford. I’m doing Alex a favour, letting him get his mistakes out of the way at Fulham.

Hopefully, Fergie will remember the ‘favour’ next time he wants to send one of his young fledglings out on loan.