Manchester United defender Smalling sets goalscoring target

The England international failed to find the net during the 2012-13 Premier League season but is hoping to improve that this term after netting against Kitchee on Monday
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling wants to improve his goalscoring record this season after netting in his side's 5-2 friendly win over Kitchee on Monday.

The 23-year-old rose admirably to head home a Tom Cleverley cross in the 22nd minute at the Hong Kong Stadium to help set up a comfortable victory for David Moyes's men.

The youngster now wants to reproduce his performance in the upcoming Premier League season, feeling that he gets enough opportunities in and around the net to do better.

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"It was difficult - all of the games have been difficult in this heat - but it will hopefully stand us in good stead during the season," Smalling told MUTV after the match.

"It was nice to pop up with a goal, too, but, to be fair, I probably should have got a hat-trick. Hopefully, I will get more chances like that.

"I was waiting for it [the goal], I have been due one because I didn't get too many last season. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few more this season and chip in a little more."

The former Fulham defender also admitted that he is glad to be involved in United's pre-season tour this summer after missing out last term due to injury.

"Last season was a very frustrating one so it is nice to be involved with pre-season because I didn't get that last time and I am feeling good. The more games, the better," Smalling added.