Manchester United have failed to score in their last eight games at Old Trafford, drawing seven and losing one. Their current form is the worst in the Premier League, with Aston Villa the only side to pick as few points as United in the past six games.

However, Chris Smalling insists that the team are still playing for Louis van Gaal.

No, that’s silly. If anything we are all playing for our own futures as well, so there’s not a case of no one not playing for the manager. Every week we want to go out there and show everyone what a good team we are and on our day we can beat anyone.

The manager has been himself from day one that we met him to how he is now. He is not going to change and that is why he has had a a lot of success throughout the years. I can’t ever see him changing because he’s got a track record. No matter what, whether it is good or bad, this club is always in the spotlight, and we’ve rolled our sleeves up, worked hard on the training field and had to make sure that we regrouped, especially after that loss against Stoke.

Against Chelsea we stood up and showed that we were the better team, albeit we didn’t get the win. You could see at the end of the match that there were a lot of tired players. I know we have played two games in three days but you can tell everyone gave their all and we are driving for that win.

We need that win because we want to stick at the top end of the table and when you dominate games like we did against Chelsea, you need to win them, but we will take the positives from it and really make sure that we get the win on Saturday. Hopefully the Chelsea game will give us that little boost that we can play well and kick on.