Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is eagerly anticipating Wednesday's Champions League quarter final first leg showdown with Chelsea.

The 21-year-old central defender is looking to avenge for the mistake that cost United in their last Stamford Bridge appearance just five weeks ago.

Smalling conceded a controversial penalty in the latter stages of the game, which was converted by Frank Lampard and helped the Blues on their way to a vital 2-1 victory over their Barclays Premier League rivals.

"I still don't think it was a penalty and that I was hard done by. But you get those in your career and what's important is how you react," said Smalling.


"I've managed to be involved, play games and keep my momentum going."

Manchester United will be hoping to redress the balance after a largely frustrating performance last time out, which was compounded by several key decisions that went against the visitors on the night.

Sir Alex Ferguson made his feelings quite clear, with his comments earning him a touchline ban. But Smalling doesn’t want to dwell too much on past history, as he is fully focused on the task ahead.

"It's another massive stage for myself. To be able to play in these latter stages of the Champions League is what most players in the world would dream to be a part of.

"We're starting to get everyone back now and we need them at this important stage of the season."

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