Chris Smalling: Manchester United had enough chances to beat Bristol City

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has claimed his team had enough chances to beat Championship side Bristol City in the Carabao Cup.

The Red Devils were defeated by the home side 2-1 in perhaps their biggest upset of the season so far.

United conceded first but recovered and equalised through a Zlatan Ibrahimovic free-kick but it ultimately proved that it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback win.

Instead it was Bristol who scored a last gasp winner and knocked Jose Mourinho and his players out of the competition.

Smalling was one of the players who started in a strong line up made up of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and the aforementioned Ibrahimovic.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Chris said: “In most games we expect to win and in most competitions. We’re obviously the holders and we were looking to regain the competition – it’s disappointing.

“It was a shock. It was one where we need to regroup and recover for this weekend. We need a reaction to make sure we get the three points.

“I think we had enough chances to win it. In the first twenty minutes we hit the woodwork a couple of times. I think that was the time to really go for them and try to kill them off.

“Everyone was devastated in the changing room after the game and it feels like a big missed opportunity for us.

“It was Bristol City’s game of the season. And full credit to them they played very well but I think that we could have played much better.”

Manchester United may have missed out on one of their most realistic trophies to win this season after losing to the Championship side.

The Premier League race isn’t quite over yet but the club’s fierce rivals Manchester City currently hold an 11 point gap lead at the top of the table.

No one quite expects United to get to the latter stages of the Champions League either as it’s their first time back into the competition since Louis Van Gaal‘s tenure.

A respectable run is all that is expected and the FA Cup is the only other competition available to win.

With the Red Devils unexpectedly out of one of the cup competitions, Jose Mourinho will have to ensure his side’s season doesn’t quickly unravel, otherwise he could soon face the same end that Van Gaal did.

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