Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Man Utd

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 0 Man Utd

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Smalling salutes boss Van Gaal

England centre-back Chris Smalling says everyone in the Manchester United squad is trying desperately to impress new boss Louis van Gaal.

Last Updated: 27/07/14 at 15:35 Post Comment

Chris Smalling: Impressed by van Gaal

Chris Smalling: Impressed by van Gaal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Throughout United's pre-season tour of America, players such as Juan Mata have spoken about their respect for their new boss and the impact the Dutchman is already having.

"We’re all trying to impress him, whether it’s in training or around the hotel, with the way we conduct ourselves,” said 24-year-old Smalling.

“He’s a man who requires a lot of respect and we give him that because of what he’s done and what he’s like.

“Whether it’s the form, what we eat, when we rest - he’s really got the whole overview. He’s definitely got all that in hand. He’s a man that we can learn a lot from.”

Van Gaal has scrapped the team's traditional 4-4-2 formation and replaced it with a new 5-3-2 strategy, which was something Spanish midfielder Mata claimed he felt he would benefit from.

Smalling says it has been a big change, but he also thinks he could thrive under it.

“We’re picking it up, there’s obviously a lot to learn but we’re enjoying it,” he added. “It’s a lot of responsibility to go out there and attack the centre-half. He wants us to go aggressive and I think that’s my game so I’m looking forward to it.

“There’s good communication all amongst us. We obviously have to shift across and work into the space, so communication is massive and we get on well, so that’s not really an issue.”

United delivered a 7-0 pounding to LA Galaxy on Thursday, followed up by a tougher 3-2 win over Roma on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney scored two goals in both games and Smalling says Rooney’s skill is going to be invaluable.

“Four goals in two games, that’s what special players can do,” he said. “Rooney turns there and you think he’s got nowhere to go but he puts it in the top corner. That’s that class that we’re going to need this year."

Van Gaal will lead United into their first 2014/15 league game on August 16 at home to Swansea City.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Everton 1-0 Swansea: Roberto Martinez insists Romelu Lukaku is the club's designated penalty taker

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted Romelu Lukaku is the only penalty taker after his side's 1-0 win over Burnley.

Reading 1-2 Arsenal: Adam Federici's extra-time gaffe sends Arsenal to FA Cup final

Adam Federici's extra-time error gifted Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Reading and a place in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Eden Hazard winner sends Blues 10 points clear

Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to move 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company