Manchester United defender Smalling admits Liverpool now in Euro boxseat

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling admits Liverpool are now in the boxseat to progress in their Europa League tie.

Smalling admits United struggled to cope with Liverpool, particularly during the first half at Anfield, but says it’s up to the players to turn the tie around.

“We’re disappointed,” he told MUTV. 

“I think we could have done with getting an away goal – we know we’ve got a difficult job on our hands.

“They had a lot of runners coming from midfield, and I think our wingers were having to defend a lot, so whenever we won the ball back we couldn’t really sustain it [possession] and keep it. In that first half, it was very difficult, we couldn’t get up the pitch.

“In the second half we were a little bit more comfortable, albeit without creating too many chances.” 

“We could have really done with getting that away goal. I think if you get that goal, you can be a bit more positive, but it’s now up to us to rectify it in front of our own fans. The first goal is going to be crucial.”

“We’re all disappointed, but knowing we’ve now got two home games, it’s up to us to take the game to West Ham [on Sunday] and then Liverpool [next Thursday].”

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