Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling Happy to Win 'Ugly' in Quest for Crown

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling Happy to Win 'Ugly' in Quest for Crown

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CHRIS Smalling is happy to face an unattractive finale as long as United end the season as Premier League champions.

The Reds' 1-0 struggle against Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday was one of the most forgettable league performances in a long while by Sir Alex Ferguson's men, but when the trophy, tickertape and pyrotechnics eventually signal a record 20th title nobody will be complaining.

"It wasn't a great game, it wasn't pretty. It got pretty ugly," said Smalling, who links up with the England squad today s ahead of World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

"But I think we are just happy with the three points because that is what we needed. And we got a clean sheet as well.

"The manager said that at this time of year there can be a lot of 1-0 wins which can be ugly and you just need to get the three points. …

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