Smalling out to emulate Arsenal

United defender looking to held prolong unbeaten run

Smalling: Getting stronger

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Chris Smalling claims Manchester United are capable of repeating the heroics of Arsenal's Invincibles.

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The Gunners are the only side to have gone unbeaten throughout an entire Premier League campaign, with that remarkable run taking them to the title in 2003/04.

No side has been able to match that achievement since, and United are the only team still in the running to go the distance this term.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have successfully negotiated 16 fixtures so far and head into Christmas perched proudly on top of the pile.

Inevitably talk has now turned to whether they can go the entire campaign without suffering a single defeat.

Promising defender Smalling believes the Red Devils can achieve that feat, but admits no-one in the Old Trafford camp will be getting carried away just yet.

He said: "We're trying not to mention it. We're happy that we're going quietly and staying unbeaten.

Pride

"So many teams have lost points already this season that it would be tough to keep it going as Arsenal did. I'm not sure we'll ever see that again.

"But we are the only ones who can do it this season, so who knows?

"If we can get through Christmas still unbeaten, it will be a good sign.

"We haven't really hit top form, except maybe against Blackburn, so it's time to send out a bit of a message.

"We take pride in the fact we are unbeaten.

"In the last 10 or 15 minutes of games we put in that bit extra to make sure the run keeps going. We are getting stronger."