Ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits the 4-0 demotion by Chelsea during Manchester United’s previous trip to Stamford Bridge destroyed the confidence of the United players.
Chelsea are 17-points clear of sixth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League and are favourites to progress to the Semifinals of the FA Cup.
“That game at Chelsea completely knocked us – it was definitely one of our worst performances of the season,” Smalling told United’s official website.
“But from then on we have kicked on and done a lot better.
“I think we all learned a lot of things from that game and, not only do we have progress in this competition to play for, we also have our pride as well.
“The FA Cup is a tough trophy to defend and looking at previous records, not many people have been able to do it and I know United haven’t.
“We are on a good run and we will give a much better account of ourselves than we did last time.”