Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ALL FIRED UP ; Anfield Victory Can Keep Reds on Track for the Champions League - Smalling [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ALL FIRED UP ; Anfield Victory Can Keep Reds on Track for the Champions League - Smalling [City Region]

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CHRIS Smalling says United will step out at Anfield for tonight's Europa League showdown driven by a desire not to miss out on the Champions League for a second time in three years.

The Reds and England defender knows winning the Europa League could offer United the best route back to the European big time with their top-four hopes looking a tall order.

And ahead of tonight's trip to Liverpool, Smalling says he and his colleagues are determined not to miss out again.

"It was felt personally by us all the first time we didn't qualify for the Champions League," Smalling said. "We've still got a lot of games to play in the league, and we have another route in the Europa League to make sure that doesn't happen again. We're all striving to make sure that doesn't happen for a second time. …

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