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The United defender has impressed throughout his loan spell at AS Roma and in the last week has had to deal with some very difficult media coverage in the Italian press.

Ole confirmed the club have been in touch with Chris following the horrendous headlines in Corriere dello Sport, also involving former Red Romelu Lukaku, and the United manager says he has been delighted to see Smalling performing so well on the field.

“First of all, when you see that paper and you say, ”

wow, really? Is that possible?

“ It's the worst front page I've ever seen.