CHRIS SMALLING has slammed Manchester United, saying they put him in a 's*** situation' in the summer transfer window.
The ex-England star, 30, spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma, earning rave reviews from Serie A fans.
But after returning to Old Trafford in the summer, Smalling reveals he was only told he wouldn't feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans AFTER the Premier League deadline closed.
Ultimately, the former Fulham ace was able to escape Man Utd with just one day left on the Italian transfer window in an £18million move.
But it wasn't without its frustrations, as Smalling told The Telegraph: "I was just a bit frustrated.
"One, I would like to have been told earlier and then, secondly, I was only able to go with just a day left of the Italian window being open.
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"I knew that my days under Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) were pretty much numbered.
"The English window had shut. I was left in a very s*** situation. I had to decide.
"After I had that chat [with Solskjaer] it was a case of, 'I'm not sure when your next game will be.'
"In an ideal situation I would have known early in the summer and made plans and it almost got to the stage where I had a day left.
"My wife had just had a kid as well. There was a lot going on that happened at the last minute."
Even after his move appeared to be close, Smalling revealed he thought it was destined to collapse.
The ex-England star added: "There was more than one occasion when I didn’t think it was going to happen.
"Even in the week before… there were a couple of times when it was very close and it was pretty much off."
Smalling spent a decade at Man Utd – between 2010 and 2020 – scoring 18 goals in 323 games, including two Premier League titles.
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