Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling Praising Jose's Game Plan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Smalling Praising Jose's Game Plan

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CHRIS Smalling insists Jose Mourinho's plan worked to perfection against Sevilla.

United held on for 0-0 draw in Spain and managed just one shot on target in 90 minutes. But Smalling claims that was all part of Mourinho's plan - insisting it is advantage United ahead of the Champions League last 16 second leg at Old Trafford next month.

"I think the game plan was executed as the manager wanted," said the defender. "I think they tired in the second half in the last 20 minutes when we applied pressure. It was very open in the second half, but it's a result which means we're confident at home."

United were left relying on a wonder save from David de Gea to deny Luis Muriel in the first half to keep the scores level.

"Sevilla dominated possession and the chances, but couldn't capitalise. …

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