The decision by Man United to let go of Chris Smalling to Italian Serie A outfit AS Roma has not gone down well with former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

The Red Devils cash in £18 million from the sale of the defender after enjoying his service for 10 years, making about 300 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Paul Robinson said the decision by the Red Devils was wrong because they needed a centre-back and did not bring in any before sanctioning the sale of Chris Smalling.

According to the former England international, Chris Smalling still has a lot to offer, citing the fact that he had a good season last season when he was with AS Roma on loan.

Paul Robinson noted that should the Red Devils decide to bring in a new defender, they could end up with a player at Chris Smalling’s level and that makes it a bad decision for the club.

However, pundits thought that the Red Devils were keeping Chris Smalling for failing to buy a new centre-back and were only waiting for it to happen before sanctioning the sale but that was never the case.

The Red Devils were linked with several defenders during the summer transfer window but ended up signing a left-back.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.