Man United’s second-half display was just not good enough – Smalling
Chris Smalling concedes that Manchester United's second-half display against Chelsea was what let them down in 1-0 defeat
Chris Smalling conceded that Manchester United’s second-half display against Chelsea “just was not good enough” after the Blues reached the FA Cup semi-finals at the Red Devils’ expense.
Demba Ba struck the eventual winner in the 49th minute at Stamford Bridge, with Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie spurning United’s best chances of an equaliser.
The defeat leaves United with just the Premier League to focus on – and Smalling has called for the United squad to regroup ahead of next Monday’s derby against Manchester City.
“It will take a couple of days to get over this because a lot of us came into it with great confidence and we felt we were going to win this game,” the defender told MUTV.
“At least we have a good game next Monday but we need to make sure that we rally together and win this title with aplomb.
“Our fans will be right behind us and we need to make sure that we give them a good performance because the second half today was just not good enough.
“I think the first half went very well and we were on top, playing some good football, so a lot of us are disappointed that we didn’t carry that on into the second half, which wasn’t like us.”