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Chris Smalling: 'Not many teams will stop Manchester United from scoring'

Few sides will be able to prevent Manchester United from scoring this season, according to defender Chris Smalling.

Chris Smalling has claimed that few sides will be able to stop Manchester United from scoring this season.

The Red Devils have scored 21 goals so far in the Premier League on the way to second place in the table, having won six of their opening eight fixtures.

However, Jose Mourinho's team came in for some criticism for the approach they took to last weekend's 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, the first time they failed to score in the league this season.

Defending his manager, Smalling told Sky Sports News: "You can see that we have attacking players, albeit they still have to defend when Liverpool have those attacks.

"But we kept it tight and we know that when we get those chances, more often than not, when we keep a clean sheet or are defensively sound, then nine times out of 10 we will win that game because not many teams can stop us from scoring.

"More often than not, we are the team that is on the front foot, because we are the one with the ball and we have to keep passing it side to side and finish them.

"And more often than not, when we get a goal and go 1-0 up and then the other team has to come out, that is often when we score the second, the third and the fourth. And we have killed teams in the last 20 minutes. But the onus is on us to have to break those teams down."

Up next for United is a Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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