Smalling: Manchester United not bothered by Guardiola news

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling insists there’s no panic after Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Manchester City.

Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad is expected to propel City to another level. But Smalling is adamant that there is no sense of panic at United.

The England centre-back has warned, though, that United’s glorious history will count for nothing if they don’t respond to the neighbours’ growing challenge.

He said: “I don’t think the change of manager changes anything.

“History-wise, we are the biggest club. But in recent times the two Manchester clubs have been a lot closer so it’s a case of not being able to rest on what has gone before.”

“It’s about what is happening now – and at the moment we need to catch them in the league.”

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