Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin happy to silence critics
Last Updated: 01/10/15 1:53pm
Morgan Schneiderlin believes Manchester United are beginning to silence the doubters, who criticised their style of play at the start of the season.
United moved to the top of the Premier League with victory over Sunderland on Saturday and then recorded their first Champions League win of the new campaign on Wednesday, coming from behind to beat Wolfsburg courtesy of goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.
Despite their strong start, United's style of play has been criticised by some pundits.
But Schneiderlin, a summer signing from Southampton, feels his new side are starting to win over their critics and says the team will continue to grow in confidence as the season goes on.
"I do feel we are improving," he said. "At the start of the season people were talking about good results and not very good performances.
"In the last few weeks I don't hear this anymore, they don't complain about the style of play or anything and that is because we have improved.
"We can see that on the training pitch and we can see that in the games. We are much better on the ball, we are doing better things and something we play is very high quality football. But there are still some things we can improve."
United made the worst possible start on Wednesday night when they went behind in the fourth minute after Antonio Valencia played Daniel Caligiuri onside and he slotted the ball past David de Gea.
But Mata won and converted a penalty to equalise before then setting up Smalling for the winner with a majestic flick.
Old Trafford was a nervy place in the dying stages as Wolfsburg pushed for an equaliser. Andre Schurrle and Ricardo Rodriguez came close to scoring and Smalling admitted the final part of the match was not an enjoyable one.
"I think we made it difficult for ourselves and we could probably learn to manage and control games a little bit better in those last 10 minutes," the defender, 25, said.
"If you drop 10 yards deeper you invite that pressure. We held on and we deserved the three points.
"Our heads could have dropped after Memphis and Mata had very good chances but we kept attacking."