Smith upset with campaign
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Smith has admitted Man Utd have endured a disappointing season.Manchester United striker Alan Smith has admitted the club have endured a disappointing season.
The Old Trafford outfit are currently sitting in third spot in The Premiership and were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Milan at the first knockout stage.
United picked up their second successive Premiership win with a 4-0 destruction of Charlton on Sunday and Smith wants the team to end the season on a high to prove they are still up amongst the best in the country.
"We know we can win trophies and know we have fallen short of what we are capable of," reflected the 24-year-old striker.
"We've had a disappointing season and we took it out on Charlton.
"Hopefully that victory will stand us in good stead for the cup final and give us confidence for next season.
"We have got to make sure we improve on Sunday and remind everyone Manchester United are still a force to be reckoned with.
"This club has won championship after championship and we have got to get back to that."
Smith, who scored in the win at Charlton, is fighting for a place in the side for the FA Cup final against Arsenal and he acknowledges everyone will be looking to prove a point in the last three games of the season as well as hoping to beat Arsenal to second place in the table.
"The last three Premiership games are going to be interesting," added Smith.
"We've got to win all those games and there is still second place to fight for.
"Everyone wants to play in the cup final.
"There is a lot of competition to be in the starting line-up and on the bench."
Meanwhile, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Roy Carroll is in pole position to start the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
The Northern Ireland international made his first appearance since February at The Valley with Tim Howard making way and Ferguson believes Carroll has more experience than the American.
"The problem for Tim is he needs experience," said Ferguson.
"He could play for 90 minutes for us every week and get just one save - then it is not about the great technique and speed he has got, it is the experience about handling it when he does get that one save.
"He had that kick out last week (against Newcastle) and, it's not down to the fact he can't kick the ball, because he probably is one of the best kickers in the league, but it was down to the fact that it was having the experience of that being the first thing he had to do in the game.
"Roy Carroll has that bit more experience, which is important at this moment in time.
"It doesn't necessarily mean I am going to play Roy in the final, but I think we should get Roy back playing to give me that option."