Photo: Chris Smalling sets Man United target against Sunderland

The Manchester United defender wants his team-mates to claim maximum points

A photo posted by Chris Smalling (@smalling) on

Chris Smalling has urged Manchester United to claim three points against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils welcome the struggling Black Cats to the Theatre of Dreams in pursuit of third successive Premier League victory.

Louis van Gaal’s side warmed up for the visit of Sunderland with a 4-0 victory over Ipswich Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

And United defender Smalling took to his Instagram page to rally his United team-mates ahead of their home clash.

Smalling wrote on the photo-sharing app: “Back to the @premierleague tomorrow and 3 points is the target! ⚽️ @manchesterunited”

The Red Devils have beaten Liverpool and Southampton in their last two Premier League games, with Anthony Martial scoring three of their six goals.

United are undefeated in 23 of their last 25 meetings with Sunderland in all competitions, whilst Dick Advocaat’s men have failed to win in their last nine Premier League games.

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Furthermore, second-placed United haven’t lost at Old Trafford in 10 of their last 11 games.

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