United centre-back Smalling believes the victory could give his side a boost in the title race.
He told MUTV: "It was great [for me] to chip in [with a goal], and I think it gave us some real momentum.
"Wayne [Rooney] has been putting in some great crosses from these set pieces and he came up with the second goal himself.
"I think it’s going to be a pivotal three points and it keeps us on this run as well, which is important because it is difficult when you have to play again two days later. It’s always easier when you go into a game off the back of a win.
"We had belief going into this game, and after this win we’ll continue to pick it up. I think we've had our setbacks this season, we need to make sure that we don’t have any more and that we keep winning."
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