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Saturday 25 November 2017

Smalling: Win at Eastlands gave us a huge boost

MANCHESTER United defender Chris Smalling believes their recent FA Cup win over Manchester City was a big confidence boost for his side - but it won't have an impact on the Premier League title race.

Smalling returned to the United team for the recent 3-2 victory at Eastlands, and United have since beaten rediscovered their scoring touch, beating Bolton 3-0, and Smalling insists the win over City can act as a catalyst for the rest of the season.

"The biggest thing it did was give us a morale boost at a time when people were starting to write us off. Instead of crumbling we went to City and beat them on their home turf, even if we made hard work of it in the second half. Winning that game showed a lot of character," he said.

"It was a big result. Even had it been against different opposition or in a different competition, it would have been essential to win that game. Everybody expected us to take maximum points against Blackburn and Newcastle because we'd done well against Wigan, Fulham and QPR. So to lose those two matches hurt a lot and prompted a lot of criticism. It made the FA Cup tie even more of a must-win game. We were determined to show the world we could still perform."

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