Smalling regrets fact Manchester United gave themselves too much to do against Liverpool

Chris Smalling has stated that Manchester United did not give themselves much of a chance to progress against Liverpool in the Europa League Round of 16 following their comprehensive 2-0 defeat in the first leg at Anfield.

United were knocked out of the Europa League Round of 16 stage following a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Liverpool on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the draw was not enough for United to progress and after the elimination, defender Smalling was left to rure his side’s terrible performance in the first leg.

Smalling told MUTV: “We believed that, if we started well, we could put them under pressure.

“You could see that they started to crumble but it was unfortunate we conceded just before half-time because we had a real battle on our hands.

“The damage was done in the first leg. We all knew we gave ourselves far too much to do and we paid the price for that tonight.”

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