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Consistency is big deal for new season, says Smalling; UNITED.

Byline: RICHARD FAY

UNITED need to improve their consistency if they are to improve next season, according to defender Chris Smalling.

United's failure to maintain form cost them greatly last season as they missed out on Champions League qualification with a dire end to the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had revitalised United with a sensational impact once he was named caretaker manager, however form gradually dipped when he was given the full-time job.

United finished the season with just two wins from their final 12 games, and Smalling knows that an improvement will be needed if his side are to challenge for a return to the top European club competition next year.

Key to their return will be consistent performances and Smalling hopes to be able to show supporters how much they've changed by the start of pre-season.

"I think consistency," Smalling told ManUtd.com.

"Obviously since Ole has come in, our consistency has definitely gone up but I think we know there's a lot to work on. With Ole and the coaching staff, we'll have a full pre-season working on a lot of things.

"Hopefully come pre-season, we can show what we're really made of through the whole course of the season and be a lot more consistent because, ultimately, if you want to be top of that league you need that consistency in every game. You can't have two or three games where you let your level drop."

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Jun 8, 2019
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