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24/03/2012 13:00, Report by G Thompson
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Smalling wants a fortress

Chris Smalling insists the Reds must ensure Old Trafford remains a daunting place to come for opposition teams between now and the end of the season.

After a near-perfect home record last term, United have tasted defeat twice on their own patch this season – against Manchester City and Blackburn – have also been held to a draw by Newcastle.

There are just five more home games left – Fulham are next up on Monday night – and Smalling says victories are a must from now on.

“It’s very important to win our last five home games,” he told ManUtd.com. “Last season Old Trafford was a fortress and we need to make sure we get the fans right behind us. The only way we can do that is by putting on a good performance.

“Fulham are very much an established side in the league, but they have had some ups and downs this season. We got a good result when we played them away in December but they’ll very much be hoping that doesn’t happen again. We know we need to perform well.”

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“It’s very important to win our last five home games. Last season Old Trafford was our fortress and we need to make sure we get the fans right behind us. The only way we can do that is by putting on a good performance."

- Chris Smalling

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