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Smalling confident ahead of Liverpool clash

Chris Smalling

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Smalling confident ahead of Liverpool clash

Chris Smalling believes Manchester United players are in high spirit ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday.

The defender is happy to be back in the squad after overcoming a toe injury that prevented him from featuring in 12 Manchester United matches.

Smalling suffered the injury during the 4-1 Europa league victory over Fenerbahce on 20 October and played three days later against Chelsea.

Manchester United then decided that Smalling needed to undergo rehabilitation to allow his toe to recover and he didn’t return until December 17 against West Bromwich Albion.

Smalling’s return to fitness is a big boost for Mourinho, with Eric Bailey currently away at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast and Rojo nursing a muscle injury that forced his exit during United’s victory over Reading in the FA Cup.

“I was injured during the Fenerbahce game and I was substituted at half time. I tried to carry on back then but I just had to rest after a while but am ready now; no more injuries”, Smalling said.

It’s good to be back with my team mates. I have been training for over a week now and I need to grab my opportunity and remain consistent”.

Smalling also spoke about the crunch clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

“We have shifted our attention to Liverpool after our victory over Reading. We will recover on Wednesday then we have few days to work on our tactics for the game” Smalling said.

“We will also work on how to nullify their threats and how to impose our style of play during the game, both club know the importance of this game at the top end of the table.

“The winning run has boosted our confidence and we are all ready for this encounter, I hope to play my part and keep playing”

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