Smalling wary of Tottenham
United defender looks ahead to another 'close game'
Last Updated: August 21, 2011 3:15pm
Smalling: Is aware of Tottenham's attacking prowess
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has warned against taking Tottenham Hotspur lightly on Monday, underlining their opponents' strength in attack.
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The English champions host Harry Redknapp's side in the Premier League and will be looking to follow up their narrow 2-1 away victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend with another positive result.
Smalling, though, admits that winning against Spurs even at Old Trafford will be a very difficult task, especially given the London side's scintillating display in their 5-0 win against Hearts in their Europa League first leg play-off tie in Scotland on Thursday.
"Spurs are a great side with so many good players," said the 21-year-old. "They're an attacking team.
"Harry Redknapp gives them the freedom to go and play, as we saw the other night when they scored five.
"They'll come here, which was a fortress for us last season, but I'm sure it will be without fear, and it's usually a close game when we play Tottenham."
The encounter against the Red Devils' will be Spurs' first league fixture of the new season as their match against Everton at White Hart Lane last weekend was postponed because of the London riots.