London - Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is enjoying "bullying" opposing forwards and says he is comfortable playing alongside centre-back partner Daley Blind.
Smalling and the shorter Blind have started all of United's games this season and the team are one of only three in the Premier League who are yet to concede a goal so far.
"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," the 25-year-old Smalling was quoted as saying by the British media.
"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.
"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," the England international added.
Manchester United face Club Bruges on Wednesday in their return leg Champions League qualifier.
The match kicks off at 20:45.