Chris Smalling reveals he is extra motivated to face former side Man United
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Chris Smalling reveals he is extra motivated to face former side Man United

AS Roma defender Chris Smalling has revealed that he is extra motivated to face former side Man United in the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League.

Smalling made over 300 appearances for United in the ten years he was at Old Trafford but left the club on a permanent deal last summer where he has been one of the key members of the Serie A side and asked if facing United brings an extra motivation Smalling said: "Yeah, 100 percent. 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 are 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."

The player who was sold by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer however admitted that United had improved under the Norwegian suggesting that he had a good relationship with the manager.

"This season they're obviously having a very good season. When he first come 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," he added.