Chris Smalling has warned Manchester United that Roma are well aware of what a trophy will mean to both clubs ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg.
Chris Smalling said: “The one disappointment is we don’t have a full house, likewise having my family watching two clubs that are a big part of my career. It doesn’t take away the emotions, as it’s so rare that you know every player on the pitch. It’s such a big game as well. It has all the ingredients to put in one of our best performances. It’s a special game. It’s a semi-final and added on top playing against United. Obviously being in Rome for nearly the last two years, I think, I know the importance of bringing home a trophy because it’s been far too long. There’s so many ingredients for this so I don’t think there will be a bigger game to be a part of. I’m just thankful I’m now fit and I’m able to contribute because the whole squad needs every player.”
Now watching United from afar, Smalling said he was impressed with the progress the club have made under Solskjaer, with who he says he had a good relationship
Chris Smalling said: “This season they’re obviously having a very good season. When he first came in I was injured, but then as soon as I got fit he played me and we had a good relationship. Then obviously we had very honest conversations in the summer but, yeah, now we’ll meet on the pitch and I’m really looking forward to it.”