Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the progress being made by Chris Smalling.
Ferguson has opted to rest Rio Ferdinand for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash at Bursaspor, instead deciding to give Smalling another run-out in the first team.
Since arriving from Fulham in the summer, the big defender has featured in six matches, and Ferguson is delighted with his form.
"Rio has come on very well in the last few weeks but the form of Chris Smalling makes it very easy for me in that respect," said Ferguson.
"Some players come to Old Trafford and take time but fortunately for the lad he has taken to it very quickly.
"He has adapted. He is receptive to training. He is intelligent. He has the physical part, is tall and quick and a good passer of the ball.
"The stage we are at with him is to give him as much experience as we can."