Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has set his sights on securing all three points against Sunderland on Saturday following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

The 23-year-old started and finished United's second Champions League group stage match of the campaign - and believes the 1-1 draw must go down as a positive result, despite the fact United conceded a relatively late equaliser.

"After Saturday's defeat [to West Brom] this week was crucial," Smalling told reporters. "It was two tough away games and we have started pretty positively.

"Now we need to make sure we get three points on Saturday, then things will look a lot better going into the international break.

"If we don't get that win we have two weeks to ponder on what may have been."

United take on rock-bottom Sunderland, who have picked up one point from their opening six matches, at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils, however, currently find themselves only six points ahead of Sunderland in 12th place after losing three of their six opening games.

As thing stand, David Moyes' men are eight points behind league-leaders Arsenal, but they will be looking to close that gap over the next few weeks.

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