Manchester United’s Chris Smalling has heaped praise on manager Louis van Gaal for giving him a new-found belief.
Smalling, who is currently with the England squad, has made 22 league appearances under van Gaal, and believes the team can finish the season strong under the Dutchman.
“The manager has shown a lot of faith in me. Especially over the last couple of months,” Smalling told a news conference on Sunday ahead of the Italy game.
“The manager has chosen me and I am enjoying my football. I think he is very honest. He says what you are doing very well and what you can improve. He has real belief in you.
“We have got another eight games, so we will look to finish as strong as we can.”