Everton 3 Man United 0: We were off the pace, admits Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling admits Manchester United were poor against Everton after a resounding defeat

Chris Smalling accepted Manchester United were “off the pace” from the first whistle after an emphatic defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.

Roberto Martinez’s side eased into a first-half lead after James McCarthy finished off a sweeping counter-attacking move for the Toffees.

verton were very compact and we could not find the gaps and break them down

Chris Smalling

Everton defender John Stones added a second before half-time before former Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini was replaced at the break.

Belgium international Kevin Mirallas came off the bench to seal a 3-0 win, and United defender Smalling didn’t make any excuses following their second successive Premier League defeat.

“It was very disappointing. I think that was the first time this season that we were off the pace from the first whistle. From the first moment to the last we were second best,” Smalling is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

The England international added that the Red Devils lacked aggression against the Merseyside outfit in Sunday’s encounter.

“I think we lacked aggression. That is what the manager emphasised to us after the game, that they seemed to want it more than us.

“Everton were very compact and we could not find the gaps and break them down. That is going to be the way that teams line up against us though after the run of results we have had.”

United remain in fourth place and seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with four games remaining following their Goodison Park humiliation.

The Red Devils were on a six-game winning run before their 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

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