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Smalling Confident Of United Advancing

Manchester United has the opportunity to secure a spot in the Champions League knockout stages as they take on PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

The Red Devils sits at the top of Group B with seven points in four games, and a win over PSV at Old Trafford would secure advancement from the group stage.

“It is a great position to be in,” defender Chris Smalling told manutd.com ahead of the game. “Despite the first loss, we knew that if we won our home games then we’d have a good chance of going through. We couldn’t have asked for more than having a home game to seal our passage through to the knockout stages.

“At home, when we start the game very well then the opposition know that they are in for a very hard game. When we move the ball quickly, there are only so many times that they can stay in their shape and eventually we will find those gaps. At Old Trafford we have been very good this season.

“It will be great to get the job done tonight and we’ll all be disappointed if we come off the field without qualifying. Our home games are crucial and we are very good in front of our fans.”

United suffered a 2-1 defeat to PSV in Holland, and also lost left back Luke Shaw who broke his leg after a challenge by Hector Moreno. Smalling commended Shaw for how he’s responded to the injury.

“Soon after it he was in good spirits,” Smalling said. “Obviously it is very hard for him but he likes to be in amongst the lads because he has got some progress going. He is in the pool, he on the bike and he is in the gym. He’s on the right road and he’s a happy soul, which is good to see.”

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