Chris Smalling says Manchester United are showing resilience

Chris Smalling says Manchester United are showing resilience

Chris Smalling says Manchester United are showing resilience

The defender said the club had a hard week ahead, with a Champions League clash against Juventus on Wednesday followed by a daunting trip to neighbours City next weekend.

This has been prevalent in the past few weeks with United scoring an equaliser in three of their last five in all competitions, often producing an inspiring second-half display. At half-time, I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League, because to be 1-1 in a half when it should be like 5 or 6-2, we were really lucky.

United were run ragged by Eddie Howe's men in the first half who deserved to be in a handsome lead come the end of the first half.

Last season with Atletico Madrid, he formed a defensive partnership with his fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin and helped Atletico keep the best defensive record in LaLiga conceding just 22 goals throughout the season, even better than the champions Barcelona, who conceded 29 goals.

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"I love the song "attack, attack, attack", but when you lose the ball you have to have stability, and we did not have it against a good team. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I believe this squad can reach the Final and win the Champions League".

Juventus were far from their best against a battling Cagliari side, but once again did enough to continue their impressive start to the season.

But while he admitted that task remains a work in progress, he believes United are showing the powers of recovery required to overcome setbacks and turn games around. In spite of the fact we won at Burnley and Watford away, I think the Chelsea performance was a very strong performance away from home.

"I think Juventus, we started the game a bit in awe, we were off the pace and they were on the front foot but the second half we showed we could give them a game", Smalling said. We were prepared for what Bournemouth have done in the season. "We need to take the second-half performance that we had against them at home and we need to do that from the off and we'll give them a good game and get chances". No matter how many minutes to the end of the game, we have the feeling that anything can happen.

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