Wayne Rooney may have only scored two Premier League goals this season but his defending from the front meets Chris Smalling’s approval.
United kept another clean sheet on Saturday against West Brom – their fifth in successive games in all competition – but Smalling, whose form has been exemplary, is happy to spread the praise amongst his teammates.
“Over the last year we have had a very good record and in the last month we’ve had many clean sheets and as a back four, that’s really pleasing,” Smalling told MUTV.
“We’ve been able to do that even when we’ve had a few changes in the back four and have stuck together.
“Everyone knows their jobs so it’s great to be a part of such a good defensive unit, especially knowing that we’ve always got that chance of scoring at the other end if we can keep it tight.
“I think a lot of managers say that it starts from the front and us as defenders know it helps our job when the front two strikers put that pressure on. If they can do that it makes our job a lot easier. You know that without the whole team working together, it’s a very hard job for the defenders, so everyone plays a part.”
United have conceded just eight goals in 12 Premier League games this season – ensuring there is no chance of Louis van Gaal changing tactics any time soon.