English Premiership

Smalling: United showing Fergie-era fight

Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba (Getty Images)
Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels they are showing the same never-say-die attitude that was so reminiscent of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Jose Mourinho's side battled back from an early goal down to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford scoring a dramatic winner in stoppage time.

United had also came from behind to get results against Newcastle (3-2) and Chelsea (2-2) last month, and Smalling admits it compares to the fighting spirit displayed at the club under Ferguson.

The 28-year-old centre-back played for Fergie for three seasons after being brought to Old Trafford from Fulham in 2010.

"We're showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out," Smalling said.

"No matter how bad that first half was, that second half we all believed we can go and win. It's a great feeling and it's bringing us closer together.

"As games are getting tougher and tougher they're closer than ever, and it's often coming down to fine margins, who can give that added burst in the last five minutes. We're going to win a lot of points that way.

"We know we're going into a very tough week now, but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month, considering (October) was probably one of our toughest months.

"We have to stick together. This is a club that is talked about more than any other and we as players need to stick together and ride out the tough times and stay together in the good and try to keep them flowing as much as we can.

"We knew that three points was a must because we have to move up that table."

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P
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PTS
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31
28
86
2. Manchester City
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20
63
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32
16
55
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32
16
54