United bridged the gap to the top four that had stood at a seemingly insurmountable 11 points, but have lost three of their last four domestic run-outs. The Red Devils went on an 11 game unbeaten run following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December but have suffered inconsistent results recently as they lost to Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers twice in the FA Cup and the league.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Smalling urged the team not to let their early form under Solskjaer slip away, "Before Ole took over, it [finishing in the top four] was something we wanted, but it was so far off. The fact that we’ve worked so hard over these months and to be within touching distance – now is where the real hard work starts and where the real pressure is.
“Ultimately those first few months, we were so far off that we had nothing to lose. Whereas now, we’ve really climbed that table and closed that points gap, so we just need to carry it on and make sure that these last few months weren’t wasted. Not just this season, in previous seasons, we go through different blips and certain people can write off Man United.
“But we’ve shown that togetherness and that fighting spirit, especially since Ole’s come in. I think we’re ready to go for the last few weeks of the season to make sure this second-half of the season was a success and it’s not just a good middle.
“If you look at our results since he came in, we’d probably be at the top of the table. He’s quite rightly got that job and a lot of us wanted him to get the job,” Smalling added. Now it’s just a case of working together and building on what he’s done already.”
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