Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling - Foxes Draw Was a 'Big Blow' for Us

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling - Foxes Draw Was a 'Big Blow' for Us

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CHRIS Smalling says United must recreate their first-half performance against Leicester City at Norwich on Saturday if they are to keep their top-four dream alive.

With City losing at Southampton after United's draw with Leicester, the Reds' 1-1 draw with the Foxes was an opportunity blown for Louis van Gaal's side to inflict significant damage on the Blues.

Fifth-placed United head to relegation battlers Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday lunchtime four points behind City but with a game in hand.

And with the fourth-placed Blues facing a tricky home clash with Arsenal on Sunday, the Reds could put pressure on their neighbours.

"If we don't win our own games, then we're not giving ourselves a chance but we'll be aiming to take our first-half performance into the game against Norwich," said Smalling.

"We were really on the front foot for that first half an hour. …

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