Chris Smalling discusses Man United’s target for the season
The Manchester United defender believes anything is possible
Chris Smalling says Manchester United are capable of achieving anything this season.
The Red Devils are currently top of the Premier League after seven games following a 3-0 victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.
If you show that consistency then you will always be there or thereabouts. If you’re near the top by Christmas, you then want a strong finish and a bit of luck on your side as well
While Louis van Gaal’s side suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by PSV Eindhoven in their opening Champion League game, United did ease into the League Cup fourth round courtesy of a 4-0 win against Ipswich Town.
And Smalling, who has been ever-present in the United side since the start of the season, is feeling optimistic about United’s prospects for the 2015/16 campaign.
“We have improved,” Smalling told United Review.
“Last season’s start was disastrous and it didn’t give us a foothold to be able to challenge for anything. We know that we have improved in this section of the season, and we now have to improve in each other section compared to last season and aim a lot higher.
“Our aim is to be competitive in all of the competitions and to make sure that we finish higher in the Premier League than we did last season. If we keep this consistent run from the start, and can maintain that all the way through, then I don’t think anything is out of reach.
“If you show that consistency then you will always be there or thereabouts. If you’re near the top by Christmas, you then want a strong finish and a bit of luck on your side as well.”
The Red Devils face Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
United are unbeaten in their last six home fixtures in UEFA competition (five wins, one draw), including the 3-1 success against Club Brugge KV in August’s play-off round.
When the 20-time English champions last hosted a German team at Old Trafford – Bayern in the 2013/14 quarter-finals – Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the visitors’ goal in a 1-1 draw.
United had begun that campaign with a 4-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in which Wayne Rooney (two) and Antonio Valencia found the net.