Chris Smalling believes Manchester United is easily the biggest club in the English Premier League.
The England international was speaking in a Q&A with supporters yesterday when he made the comment, which is sure to bring disagreement from fans of rival clubs.
He was reliving the build-up to him signing on at Old Trafford in January 2010 and what it was that persuaded him to move to the club.
Unsurprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson played a big part in making Smalling’s move from Fulham to United.
But the centre-back – who now has 18 England caps – revealed the size of the club was also a big draw to him.
And he believes in joining United he was coming to the biggest club in England bar none.
Smalling said via manutd.com:
Yeah, definitely [Sir Alex a major draw]. I think he is ‘Mr. United’; the club is massive, easily the biggest in England and one of the biggest in the world. But to have him as a manager as well, it was a no-brainer.
He went on to speak about the United support worldwide:
I think it’s massive, and it’s great that we get to go to places like Asia and America; it just goes to show how big this club is.
I remember the reception was big on my first tour, but each year it just seems to get bigger and bigger! It’s good that we get to go and see those fans because you play all the games over there but don’t always get the chance to see them.
It’s great that they can come down to training sessions as well as games.