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Top 5 Goalscoring Defenders in Modern Football

Ronnie Evans
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 16:03 IST

#4 Chris Smalling

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United - Premier League
Chris Smalling (L)

The towering centre-back has produced some important goals for Manchester United. His 17 goals in 308 appearances on top of his defensive contribution enabled Smalling to establish himself as a regular in United setup.

In the latter stages of the recently concluded 2017/18 season, Smalling scored in three successive away matches that resulted in wins (Crystal Palace, Manchester City, and Bournemouth).

On 7 April 2018, he scored the winning goal as United secured a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over City in the 69th minute. He got on the end of Alexis Sanchez’s cross to score with a typical goal-poacher finish. He was also on target three seasons ago as United beat City 4-2 in the derby.

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