Ahead of Monday night’s game between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United in the FA Cup, Chris Smalling has claimed his team need to be more aggressive.

Shrewsbury are currently three points away from the relegation zone in League One, meaning that on paper, they should be no match for United. However, following our recent poor form, there are no guarantees.

The aggression that you start the game with is something you need to match with the other team, something that I don’t think we have done recently. We need to make sure we win our battles and our second balls and then when it starts to die down we can overcome them with our football.

This competition is massive for us, particularly because we’re not fighting at the top of the league like we expected to be. The FA Cup is an opportunity to win some silverware and a competition we’ve done well in so far this season. We’ll go to Shrewsbury as favourites and we need to control that tie.




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