Manchester United star Chris Smalling is demanding a response against Young Boys to make Jose Mourinho proud again. Mourinho was scathing of his players after they were held to a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend, claiming they lacked heart for the battle.
The result leaves the Old Trafford giants facing a surely insurmountable 14-point gap to leaders City after 13 matches and an eye-watering seven points behind the Champions League spots.
Young Boys now arrive in a crunch Champions League tie on Tuesday evening, when Smalling wants to see 90 minutes of the kind of intensity that Mourinho felt was lacking in his side on Saturday. “I thought the last 10 minutes there was added intensity that we maybe needed a bit earlier in the game,” Smalling told MUTV.
“But we can’t always leave it to the last minute and we needed to get that goal earlier. “It is good to get back out in front of this crowd again (on Tuesday) and show a better performance.”