Smith dispels mental block
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United's Alan Smith says he has no problem going into challenges.
Manchester United's Alan Smith says he has no problem going into challenges after making his playing return following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The former Leeds United striker recently returned to action for The Red Devils after suffering a broken leg against Liverpool back in February.
Smith could be forgiven for needing extra time to get over the mental aspect of the injury, fearing a repeat of the incident back at Anfield.
However, the 25-year-old has been left with no mental scars and has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's return from long-term injury has inspired everyone at Old Trafford.
"There is no mental problem for me to overcome because the way I suffered the injury was so innocuous," Smith told the Sunday Telegraph.
"It was not in a tackle, so when I go in for a challenge, I'm not thinking, oh, my leg.
"But if you're talking about mental attitude, Ole's the man to look to. He's an inspiration for us all.
"Two years ago people were talking about arranging his testimonial and yet he runs out on to the pitch like a 19 or 20-year-old.
"Suffering from such an injury has made me realise that every time I go out, it could be your last game.
"The injury to Petr Cech has also shown that. So that is how I approach every game now, grasp it by the hand and give it 100 percent, not that I've ever given anything less.
"I still need games to recover full fitness bit it's hard to get games because reserve football now is more like playing academy games."