The England international added: "It's comfortable playing next to Daley. Sometimes if there is a big opponent we will swap around. But he can handle himself as well so I am enjoying playing alongside him."

Smalling and Blind have started all United's games this season as part of a defence which is yet to concede a goal in the Premier League. 

“He [Van Gaal] seems to think Blind is the man to go alongside one of the other. I don’t necessarily agree because I think those two playing together for a decent stretch of time could form a Pallister, Bruce type of partnership. People might snigger at that but I think they are good enough if given the chance."

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:19, 2 October 2016 (UTC).

However, Marcus Rojo and Antonio Valencia returned to training ahead of the second-leg against the Danish champions at Old Trafford after recovering from their respective injuries. 

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On 13 November 2010, Smalling was called up to the England senior squad for the first time for their friendly against France on 17 November;[48] however, he was an unused substitute in the 2–1 loss.[49] He made his senior debut in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on 2 September 2011, which England won 3–0, in which he played at right-back.[50]

The injury sustained by Smalling, who scored in the 3-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory at Shrewsbury Town on Monday, is yet to be specified, but his absence from training will come as another blow to manager Louis van Gaal. 

Ahead of United's Champions League play-off second-leg with Club Brugge on Wednesday night, Smalling says he is relishing his new-found role in Louis van Gaal's side.   

In England's final warmup game for UEFA Euro 2016, Smalling scored his first goal for England in a 1-0 victory over Portugal.[53]

Smalling is currently on vacation in Bali following his time with England at Euro 2016 before reporting back for pre-season training later this month.

Adnan Januzaj also took part in training following a hamstring problem, but will be unable to feature against Midtjylland as he is cup-tied having played for Borussia Dortmund in the competition earlier this season. 

Smalling's team-mate Adnan Januzaj is also demonstrating a recently-acquired toughness after spending extra hours in the gym.

On 12 May 2014, Smalling was named in England's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[51] With England's elimination from the group stages already confirmed, Smalling was given a tournament debut as a starter in the final group match, helping the team to a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw with Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte.[52]

He told The Sports Bar: “I think Smalling and Jones, if given the time together, would make a very good partnership.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane added to United's growing list of injuries at Shrewsbury and were not part of the 20-man squad that trained on Wednesday, which included six youngsters. 

United are currently without 12 first-team players, including captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David de Gea - who will both miss Thursday's match - with Van Gaal recently labelling the club's injury woes as a "difficult situation". 

Manchester United can clarify Chris Smalling has had food poisoning during his holiday which resulted in him fainting on Sunday.  

Smalling has represented England at various levels and is currently a member of the England senior squad. He played for the England Schools under-18 team in early 2008 before making his debut for the under-20 team and the under-21 team in 2009. He made his debut for the England senior squad in the 3–0 win over Bulgaria on 2 September 2011.

However, the Belgium international failed to make a meaningful impact as United were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle on Saturday, and was taken off after 66 minutes.

On 27 November 2013, Smalling scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in a 5–0 win away to Bayer Leverkusen.[29] On 26 December 2013, he scored in a 3–2 win against Hull City.[30]

“They played together only about eight times last season but they were developing a good partnership.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could form a partnership as good as Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister for Manchester United, talkSPORT has been told.

In January 2010, Smalling signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United and joined them officially on 1 July. He made his competitive debut in the 2010 FA Community Shield victory over Chelsea which earned him his first career medal. Since his debut, he has gone on to make more than 100 appearances for the club.

On 21 April 2015, Smalling signed a new contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until June 2019.[37] Having been praised by manager Louis van Gaal for his command of the defensive unit, Smalling captained United for the first time on 17 May 2015 during a 1–1 draw against Arsenal.[38][39]

The United midfielder, who failed to score in 22 appearances for the Red Devils last season, struck the winner in this month's 1-0 victory at Aston Villa. 

But, according to Sun reporter Neil Custis, who has been closely following United on their pre-season tour of the US, Van Gaal should forget about playing Blind in that position and put his trust in the England duo.

Barely a month after signing for Middlesbrough however, Smalling had his contract with the club terminated after raising concerns with home sickness. Shortly after, in June 2008, he signed for Premier League side Fulham. He made his professional debut with them in May 2009 in the final game of the 2008–09 season and helped them reach the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final the following season.

"I'm working hard on the pitch and off the pitch, as well as in the gym to work on my body. I have always been more of a technical player, trying to find spaces to create something with the ball," the 20-year-old told the club's official website.

"But working hard in the gym gives you the plus of being stronger and more able to push people off the ball.

Smalling was born in Greenwich, London.[1] He began playing football in 1998 for Walderslade.[citation needed] After a short spell at Millwall's academy, a 16-year-old Smalling joined Maidstone United's youth set-up and continued his education at Chatham Grammar School for Boys.[3]

Christopher Lloyd "Chris" Smalling (born 22 November 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.

"I feel like I bullied quite a few players in matches in the past but hopefully I can get the consistency where it can be on show every week now."

United are aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Midtjylland on Thursday. 

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"I have started to get back to my fitness but I still need more rhythm to become even better."

"I have always liked that competition with the striker and obviously Daley is not that sort of centre-back who is going to dominate, so it's a case of I take that mantle on and I am enjoying it," he said.

On 27 January 2010, Manchester United announced that they had signed Smalling, for an undisclosed fee, with the player staying at Fulham for the remainder of the 2009–10 season before joining United for the beginning 2010–11 campaign.[18] The transfer officially went through on 1 July.[19]

Chris would like to thank everyone for their well wishes.

The 26-year-old defender was taken to the hospital and is now feeling fine.

Ahead of the new season, Louis van Gaal has revealed that Daley Blind is his first-choice central defender and, if fit, will start the Premier League opener against Tottenham, with Smalling and Jones fighting it out to play alongside the Dutchman.