With Manchester United currently on their pre-season tour of the United States, the squad have been meeting some A-listers from the world of entertainment and ideally when Chris Smalling met James Corden, a fellow Brit who’s made it big across the pond, he should have been over the moon.
For while the England defender happily posed for the shutterbugs and even uploaded a snap of theirs on his Instagram profile, he made it clear that Corben’s choice of attire ‘ruined’ the picture:
The 39-year-old Corden, who hosts The Late, Late Show with James Corden on CBS, is a big West Ham United fan and he just had to meet the Red Devils while wearing the Irons’ shorts, leaving Smalling with no choice but to give him a bit of stick.
Smalling, who didn’t make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, has been seen putting in the hard yards from day one of United’s pre-season camp.
Jose Mourinho’s men are expected to play familiar foes Liverpool on Saturday night as they amp up their preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
After finishing a distant second to derby rivals Manchester City in the previous campaign, fans are hopeful that the Red Devils will go one better, but after an underwhelming transfer window it remains to be seen if they can end their league title drought.
Smalling, specifically, has cause for concern for if reports are to be believed, United are preparing a mammoth £70 million bid for his compatriot and Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire.
Competition at the back is already fierce, with Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Smalling in the fray.
Should Maguire arrive before the August 9 deadline comes to pass, either Smalling or Jones could depart the Theatre of Dreams as Mourinho seeks to offload some players to make room in his squad.