Smalling fears away goal



Manchester United centre back Chris Smalling has admitted that his United side sit in a difficult position in their tie against Marseille tomorrow night, after failing to score an away goal in France.

The two sides face off in the Champions League last 16 clash at Old Trafford after a dull 0-0 draw in the first leg in France.

United will be favourites to get the job done at home, but know a Marseille goal would count double at Old Trafford because of the away goals rule.

Smalling, who has been excellent in recent weeks for United alongside Namanja Vidic said, “It’s a bit of a dangerous scoreline with the way the away goals rule works.”

“It makes things interesting for the neutrals, but a bit nerve-wracking for the players and the fans.

“You could see that Marseille wanted to keep a clean sheet and they were well set up in that sense. They’re a good side. It was an edgy game over there with neither side wanting to give the other too much encouragement.

“From our point of view we need to keep things tight at the back because if they score it’ll mean we need to score twice.

“You don’t want to risk conceding the away goal, but I think the manager will want us to go at them.

“Being at home is a massive advantage for us and we’re confident of going out there and getting the result.”

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