Defender Chris Smalling has only words of praise for his side’s attacking force. He said that only few teams will be able to prevent Manchester United from scoring as they are very dangerous in front of the opponent’s goal. This statement may sound surprising after United’s goalless draw with Liverpool but Smalling seems to be sure about it.
The Englishman reacted to the recent criticism and said, according to Sky Sports: “You can see that we have attacking players, albeit they still have to defend when Liverpool have those attacks. But we kept it tight and we know that when we get those chances, more often than not, when we keep a clean sheet or are defensively sound, then nine times out of 10 we will win that game because not many teams can stop us from scoring.”
And the England international continued to praise his teammates: “More often than not, we are the team that is on the front foot, because we are the one with the ball and we have to keep passing it side to side and finish them. And more often than not, when we get a goal and go 1-0 up and then the other team has to come out, that is often when we score the second, the third and the fourth. And we have killed teams in the last 20 minutes. But the onus is on us to have to break those teams down.”
Smalling also shared his thoughts about his teammate Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian still leads the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals and he is going to be the biggest threat for Huddersfield in this weekend’s match. The English defender said: “A bit like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], we play off a main man who we feed off and he has been bang in form and we are very lucky to have him and Zlatan when he comes back,” said Smalling. He is someone who likes to run in behind, he likes to be involved and he is always stressing to us if we can play him in those channels, then he feels favourite to beat any defender.”