White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Man Utd

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 12:00

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Smalling wants City revenge

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits he is seeking sweet revenge on Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Last Updated: 01/04/13 at 14:49 Post Comment

Chris Smalling: City semi-final provides extra incentive

Chris Smalling: City semi-final provides extra incentive

United take on Chelsea in a quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday with a semi-final date with City at Wembley waiting for the winner.

And Smalling is eyeing payback for the final-day heartbreak that saw Roberto Mancini's men claim the Premier League title in May.

"When we saw the draw, it was a definitely the case that the prospect of playing City gives us an extra incentive," said the England international, quoted in the Sunday Mirror.

"It's at Wembley as well, so it would be a massive occasion. But we need to make sure we get past Chelsea, which won't be easy.

"It would be the ultimate revenge to beat City to the Premier League title and knock them out of the FA Cup, especially after last year. It would be so sweet."

Determined

The Old Trafford mantra all season has been one of ensuring there is no repeat of last season's disappointment and Smalling is determined to seize his chance if it comes along.

"It's drilled into everybody at the club to use the disappointment of last season," he added. "None of us want that feeling again.

"It was horrible and we had all summer to dwell on it. So, it's nice to be in a position now where we can hopefully make it count.

"Everybody finished last season disappointed, but as soon as the first day of pre-season came about, everybody was firing.

"New players came in and we've shown, with our spirit, that we don't want to experience the same feeling again.

"It's about how you react to disappointments and the manager wanted to see that reaction. If I get my chance, then I'm going to take it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa's new style here to stay despite lack of goals

Paul Lambert is sure the goals will come for Aston Villa if they persist with their current style of football.

Bobby Zamora tells QPR to give Charlie Austin a new contract

Bobby Zamora has told QPR to sort out Charlie Austin's future before his goals attract bids from elsewhere.

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property