Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has spoken to ManUtd.com, telling the website that he is hopeful of the side keeping their excellent run going into the new year and climbing the table as a result.
The Red Devils have not lost since November 8 2014, a run of 11 matches without defeat, with 10 coming in the Premier League.
This has pushed Man Utd from mid table to third place in the English top flight, and as a result, they look set to qualify for the Champions League.
While both Chelsea and Manchester City are seemingly in a mini league for the title itself, Man Utd could still push for a title challenge, with the right form.
They are also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, after beating Yeovil Town 2-0 away from home.
With the quest for Champions League football and silverware on the cards, Smalling is keen to carry on the hard work and achieve come the end of the season.
He said: “Going into the New Year on the back of a good run means that it’s a case of working even harder to climb the table and get as many points as we can.
“We need to do as much as possible on the pitch and, as an individual, do as much as we can in terms of recovery and extra work.”
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has stated that he expects striker James Wilson to make a big impact on the first team in the near future, as originally reported by ManUtd.com.
The young striker made his debut for the Red Devils last season under caretaker manager Ryan Giggs, and scored two goals on his debut, as the Old Trafford club managed a 3-1 win against Hull City.
That initial form suggested there was more to come from Wilson, who has made nine appearances in the league this season under Louis van Gaal, starting many of those games.
However, Wilson has not continued his goalscoring form this season, and Radamel Falcao is likely to supplant him in the first team heading into the second half of the season.
Chris Smalling believes that more will come from him soon, however, having told the club’s official website that he believes Wilson has been putting in the effort in training.
When asked about the best player in training, he said: “I’d say James Wilson.
“He’s such a threat in terms of he’s always looking to run in behind.
“He is very quick and his finishing, while I wouldn’t say it’s surprised me, it’s just the consistency and how hard he strikes the ball and how well too.
“He’s been very good for a lot of this season in training and I think it’s only a matter of time before we really see him make a big impact.”
Arsenal are planning to carry out discussions with Manchester United defender Chris Smalling ahead of a possible January transfer, as reported by the Daily Express.
Arsene Wenger has identified Smalling as an ideal addition to fix his broken defence, and the England international has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, making a transfer a possibility.
The Gunners have developed a bad habit of leaking late goals, as seen in their sudden loss to Swansea City at the weekend, and buying a new defender is therefore a huge priority for the French manager.
Smalling is within Arsenal’s budget too, valued at only £10 million by the Old Trafford club, and the Red Devils are thought to be interested in selling Smalling in January.
As a result, the north London side are hoping to sit down with Smalling and his agents to discuss a deal over the next few weeks.
Smalling is seen as an ideal addition due to his versatility – he can cover at centre back, right back and in midfield.