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Smalling: Why I'd Hate To Face Martial

Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling, has explained why he would hate to face French striker, Anthony Martial. 

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The French forward has enjoyed a successful start to his Red Devils, having scored four goals in his first six appearances for the club.

Smalling has experienced what it's like to play against the 19-year-old in training on many occasions and has now explained why he would hate to face him.  

"Playing against him in training you know the handful that he is. You can see what he does in games," Smalling said.

"He's probably the one forward I'd stick at the top of the list of who I wouldn't want to play against at the moment.

"We play 11 against 11 in training so I come up against him and other forwards. He's quick and has that skill.

"Anthony has added that injection of unpredictability up front where he can turn players and run at them.

"But people are surprised by how strong he is. He was up against two very physical defenders against Wolfsburg in the Champions League and obviously every week in the league. But he has more than handled himself.

"He's running into channels. Against Wolfsburg we knew they would make the pitch big with two wingers, so we knew if we slid it down the sides of their centre-backs, he has the beating of anybody."

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