Smalling insists the 'spirit of Ferguson' lives on at Man Utd

Mae Harvey
March 7, 2018

However, what then followed was a devastating comeback, with Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku bringing United level with 14 minutes left to play. A win would have pushed them up to 13th in the tight relegation battle.

"We believed until the end and we did exactly what the manager wanted from us".

And it was there to see again, this time with Rashford an active participant, against Roy Hodsgon's men, as Mourinho did what supporters have been desperately crying out for by simply going for it.

"Also three teams, because the referee maybe one mistake here or there but the intention to let the game go, don't give too many fouls, keep the intensity of the game".

"I can not tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television".

Palace, who will feel deflated to remain 18th after leading through goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt, must take heart for the dogfight ahead from their committed and organised display with 10 first-team players out.

"I don't think I should need convincing that the team has qualities".

United looked vulnerable till the 50th minute against a religation threatened side and could have easily dropped a couple of points.

The 29-year-old was thrilled with his contribution to their incredible win and it was deemed an even more wonderful feat as it was his first goal in a United shirt.

Although Manchester United's title challenge is essentially dead in the water with Pep Guardiola's City now destined to be crowned this season's champions, Jose Mourinho's men still seem absolutely determined to finish in second place.

Mourinho was raging on the touchline, but Smalling gave United a lifeline in the 55th minute.

It lifts United back into second place, and flawless timing because third-place Liverpool is next on Saturday morning.

Matic nearly equalised with a thunderous strike that Benteke cleared off the line and United's pressure was rewarded in the 76th minute.

"If that ball goes over the crossbar or hits the crossbar and comes out or goes wide of the goal, I'd have been sitting here saying "well done guys" and what a good performance, what a good point".

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