Man United boosted as first-team star deemed fit for Everton clash

Manchester United have been boosted ahead of their FA Cup semi-final clash with Everton after Chris Smalling has come out to declare himself fit.

The 26-year-old was seen limping during the final few minutes of their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace earlier in the week, worrying the club as well as manager Louis van Gaal.

However, with a chance to help his side progress into the FA Cup finals, the centre-back has come out to declare his fitness ahead of the fixture at Wembley tomorrow.

“Yeah I’ll be fine. It was just a 50/50 and he caught me after, but it’s nothing serious,” he is quoted by The Sun.

“The defensive record is something we’re proud of as a team, and especially as a back four, because that’s our job, it’s nice to get another clean sheet.”

Smalling has been a key defensive figure for Van Gaal this season, helping the club register their 17th clean sheet from a total of 34 league matches during their latest victory.

The other two teams that are fighting for a place in the final are Palace and Watford, who will face each other on Sunday.

Smalling has already featured 49 times in all competitions for the Red Devils this term, so far managing to score two goals in the process.