Photo: Chris Smalling sends heartfelt message to Man United fans

Chris Smalling managed to enjoy a Christmas meal with his family despite his commitments for Manchester United

A photo posted by Chris Smalling (@smalling) on

Chris Smalling has taken to social media to wish Manchester United fans a Merry Christmas after enjoying some downtime with his family in recent days.

The Red Devils defender managed to take his mind off football with his family over the festive period despite his commitments with Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho’s squad trained on Christmas Day as they prepared for their home clash against Sunderland in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

And the England defender had a heartfelt message for his followers on social media.

Smalling shared the picture above of his family meal on his Instagram account and wrote the caption: “Merry Christmas Everyone! A time to be thankful for all that we are blessed with and there’s no better way than being surrounded by our family and friends. ❤️#christmas #family”

Manchester United are aiming to break back into the top four this season after their disappointing campaign last term when they winded up fifth in the table.

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Mourinho has been tasked with steering the Red Devils back into the Champions League for next season after his appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Old Trafford in May.

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