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Smalling: We Want Manchester’s Bragging Rights

Ahead of tonight’s game against his former club, Chris Smalling has talked of the desperation the players feels to win the league this season.

“We’re both Manchester clubs. That’s bragging rights for a whole year. We can’t let that happen!” he said. “They are not used to playing for just one trophy at United. The Champions League is gone. We are all disappointed about that. But we have to make sure we get that Premier League trophy in the bag. It was great to win it last year, in my first season with the club. It would be even better to win two in a row, especially when you see people like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have won it 10 or 15 times. It’s not that they brag about it or anything, but it makes you think. We have to make sure we are on our toes all the time.”

Smalling is available to play tonight after featuring for the Reserves this week without using any head protection.

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  1. Zibbie says:

    Baaaa is what I hear when the local Leeds fan fuck’em.

  2. Collyhurst Red says:

    Evening all

    Off to the game shortly to watch the Old Trafford galactico’s !

    Warning, warning, warning………..

    Tonight I will be wearing shorts!

  3. Zibbie says:

    In the future a local card reader see’s, Man Utd deploying a 4-2-3-1 of a sort in the 2 are Jones and Pogba with the middle of the 3 is a Roaming Wayne Rooney??? Is she mad?

  4. Zibbie says:

    With TC in there as basically a rotating starter getting 35+ games a year.

  5. CedarsDevil says:

    Collyhurst Red

    Sounds like a horrible sight mate! ha ha

  6. Zibbie says:

    Guys how did AW deploy the Gunners at there best, how was Berkamp used? A 4-3-3 a 4-5-1? Thanks.

  7. Zibbie says:

    I wear shots and sandals when there is no snow on the ground. GO MAN UTD!!!

  8. MG says:


    It’s Aaaaaaaaaaaa!


  9. Zibbie says:

    Who will be first with the line up today. My money is on Fletch.

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    Thanks MG……..I always take your word for it

  11. fergie is the boss says:

    Zibbie – some of the players need to be taught how giggs got over his injury problems

  12. Collyhurst Red says:

    Cedars, the United shirt makes up for the knobbly knees and hairy legs!

    The weather is absolutely brilliant here at the moment, should be some nice sights at the ground tonight!

    (written without the slightest hint of sexism) ;-)

  13. MG says:

    Thanks Cedars

    Collyhurst Red


    The temp will be dipping soon mate then the thermals will be out accordingly


  14. CedarsDevil says:

    Collyhurst Red

    Ha ha …… Enjoy the said ‘sights’ mate and more so the lads getting 3 points

  15. Lee Martins Winner says:

    Big night fellas, lets go 5 – nil in the first 10 mins then I can relax! lol

    on a side note, I am KKK biggest fan.. long may he continue to destroy the dippers. Manager of the year IMO.

    such a nice bloke as well.

  16. WillieRedNut says:

    Shorts? Easy know Britain is basking in a heatwave!

  17. Collyhurst Red says:

    Right, I’m off.

    Come on you Reds!


  18. Hans says:

    Alan fucking Hansen is in mourning! He cannot get over the fact that we are about to win No 20.
    The scouse bastard thinks that Shitty should have wrapped the title in January. In contrary, Shitty are very lucky to have any chance at all, considering we were robbed two points against Newcastle at home and still ubelievable loss against Blackburn at home. He can eat his heart out!!!!!

    Toady we will get a grip on this League and will show ABU cunts who really rules!!!

    Come on UNITED!!!! We BELIEVE!!!!!!
    (Another 5:0 please)

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Will RvP start tonight ?

  20. Quiza says:

    Anomander, don’t get me wrong. We need ball players to avoid what happened against barca, bilbao etc.

  21. Zibbie says:

    Yoga baby yoga.

  22. Zibbie says:

    4-1, 5-1 would be great. For me 3 fucking points by the end of the game is all I ever need.

  23. Zibbie says:

    Line ups please, come on less then an hour to kick off!!

  24. AnomanderRake says:

    Quiza, yes agreed.

    Btw, Hatem Ben Arfa was a long time United target when he was at Lyon(?) along with Benzema.

    So Im pretty sure Fergie knows everything he needs to know about this player. He has been tracking him for quite some time.


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