Smalling pleased with United response

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed his delight at seeing his side record a victory over north-west rivals Liverpool.

Smalling was one of three survivors from Manchester United's heavy defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday - alongside David de Gea and Wayne Rooney.

The England international, who was handed a start in the heart of Manchester United's defence, has lauded his side for bouncing back from their 4-1 Premier League defeat.

Smalling, speaking to Sky Sports, said on United's slender 1-0 victory: "It was a massive turnaround [from the weekend] and especially as there were a few players who have not played a lot of games.

"There was a lot of doubt after the weekend and we wanted to go out there and put on a performance.

"It was a big stage for us to go out there and the fans were really behind us – the noise they created was fantastic."

The 23-year-old defender believes the Capital One Cup provides a fantastic opportunity for United's fringe players to work their way into new manager David Moyes' plans.

Smalling had previously figured against Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen, however he was deputising for the injured right-back Rafael on both occasions.

He added: "It felt like it was end-to-end for pretty much 90 minutes – there were a lot of chances created and it was a real cup tie.

"It was a chance for us to show him [Moyes] as he’s not seen too much of us, other than in training, to go out there on the big occasion and produce."

The former Fulham defender will be hoping he has done enough for manager David Moyes to start him at centre-back when United host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

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