Chris Smalling has suggested that Manchester United have a lot to learn after they fell to a surprising defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the opening game of their Champions League group stage campaign, according to the Daily Star.
The Red Devils took the lead in the game – that was marred by the horrific injury suffered by Luke Shaw – thanks to an excellent bit of skill from former PSV star Memphis Depay.
Despite their dominance however – with United having 67% of possession and having 11 more attempts on goal than their opponents (via BBC Sport) – it was the Dutch champions that would claim the victory with goals either side of the break.
And Smalling has suggested that the result, coupled with the statistics, highlights a naivety in United’s performance (via Star).
“We scored a really good goal and then we couldn’t kick on from that,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot to learn to make sure we bounce back on Sunday.
“You can’t take anything for granted, whether that’s a league game, a cup game or a Champions League game,” he added.
Both of Louis van Gaal’s side’s defeats this season have come after United have taken the lead, which may suggest that they are perhaps guilty of a little complacency after going ahead against sides that they would back themselves to beat.
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