• Chris Smalling confident after last-gasp Bournemouth win
• Defender says: ‘We will get chances against Juventus’
Chris Smalling has acknowledged Manchester United must start making quicker starts to games but the defender believes their latest last-gasp win provides further evidence of a team spirit reminiscent of the Alex Ferguson era. Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time winner at Bournemouth on Saturday earned a third Premier League victory in four matches and provides a lift before this week’s match at Juventus and the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Smalling described it as a pivotal period for United and insists the value of victory in upcoming matches is priceless. “I think that it would galvanise us,” he said. “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. It is an especially tough month now and potentially after the international break when we have a lot of home games it’s all about making sure we get results and move up that table despite the tough games.”