Manchester United are confident on facing Juventus and City

Chris Smalling insists Manchester United are not fear on facing Juventus and Manchester City on upcoming matches despite their last results.

The Reds travel to Italy this week for Wednesday’s Champions League away tie at Juventus – a game they dare not lose. Four days later they travel to the Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s title holders.

Chris Smalling said, “we know we’re going into a very tough week now but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month, considering it was probably one of our toughest months, especially a tough month now and potentially after the international break.

“We need to take the second half performance that we had against them at home and we need to do that from the off and we’ll give them a good game and get chances.”

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Smalling admits his seventh-placed side are under huge pressure to close the gap on the Premier League leaders. Defeat at Juventus could see them slip to third in their Champions League group behind Valencia.

He said, “It is not easy. It is tough. Obviously the league is more competitive than ever, especially since when I joined.

“I think more teams are causing upsets and more teams are challenging and with that there comes more pressure. It is tough as players but we obviously love playing the game and playing for the club.”

Asked whether United’s lowly position in the table increases the scrutiny, Smalling went on: “It does I think.

“The start of our season has put us in that position and we as players have to stand tall and the spotlight will be on us because we are supposed to be in the top four and we are not right now. We are doing everything we can to get there.”

“I think we have been known for shutting up shop and not conceding many goals so this season has been very unusual to what I have experienced.

“We need to work on that because normally we don’t concede many and we win the game. It starts at the back and as a team collectively and we will be working on it every day.”

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