Smalling: "We can’t afford any more slip-ups"

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists his side can't afford anymore more slip-ups after they got their first win in nine games against Swansea over the weekend.

Louis van Gaal’s side sit in 5th spot, nine points behind league leaders Arsenal and are keen to climb up the table after registering their first win in 2016.

Wayne Rooney scored the winner against Swansea after Gylfi Sigurdsson's 70th minute strike cancelled out Anthony Martial's opener early in the second half on Saturday.

"We’ve tried to work hard on the training pitch," he told MUTV, reports. "December was a poor month and it’s a great feeling to get that win. I think, especially in the last couple of games, we’ve fought hard and we need to kick on like we did today.

"As players, we knew we had to stop that run and get on the front foot. We did that today and then, in the second half, they tired because we really did press them. It was a good start to the year and we can’t afford any more slip-ups now, so we need to make sure we keep playing like this."

United's next game is against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

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