Aston Villa boss Smith: Players full of confidence going to Man Utd
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says they go to Manchester United in good shape.
Smith believes their defeat to Chelsea will stand them in good stead for today's game.
He reasoned: “The Chelsea Premier League game was the catalyst – we went toe-to-toe with them and created big chances. A mistake killed the game for us in that one.
“We took that positivity into the game against Everton and it was a bit of a chess game for 60 minutes, but once we got our first goal it was all guns blazing and a comfortable win in the end.
“We feel like there's a lot of confidence and belief in the group and we feel like we've got a talented group, so there's no reason why there shouldn't be."
On Villa's young players, Smith added: “You only have to look at the subs I put on against Chelsea – it was Jaden Philogene-Bidace and Carney Chukwuemeka. Came