Smith happy to be up front
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Smith admits he will be relieved to be playing as a centre forward this season.
Alan Smith admits he will be relieved to be playing as a centre forward for Manchester United this season.
The 25-year-old joined The Red Devils from Leeds United in 2004 and played up front during his debut season at Old Trafford.
Last term, the England international was pressed into action as a central midfielder following an injury to Roy Keane and the Irishman's subsequent departure.
But this time around, Smith will be deployed in attack once he is fully fit from the horrific leg injury he suffered against Liverpool in the FA Cup in February.
He has played for the reserves and is close to a first-team return, with Sir Alex Ferguson earmarking a forward role for Smith.
The ex-Leeds man concedes he often found playing in midfield difficult last season and is delighted to be considered a striker again.
"It will be nice to play up front," said Smith.
"I'm a better centre forward than central midfielder, everyone knows that.
"I can play as a decent midfielder.
"But when teams dropped off and you had to be the catalyst and keep the ball moving, I found it difficult."