Smalling admits Man Utd benefited from floodlight failure in Braga victory

Manchester United central defender Chris Smalling admits that his team may have benefited from the floodlight failure that beset their Champions League clash with Braga on Wednesday night.

The power failure occurred with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men 1-0 down thanks to a 49th minute penalty from the home side’s Alan, but after a 15 minute break United recovered with goals from Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez giving them a 3-1 victory to take them into the knockout stages.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Smalling, who was making his first appearance of the season after being kept out since the summer with a foot injury, agreed that the timing of floodlight outage may have worked out well for the Red Devils.

Yes, I think it did in a way,” said the England international.

Especially after their goal. We knew we really had to pick ourselves up. We had a lot of the ball but we weren’t really getting anywhere. So yes, it really helped us.

Smalling was clearly delighted to make his comeback after his injury troubles but argued that the team’s victory and progression was paramount.

It’s been so long and it’s been frustrating watching from the sidelines,” the 22-year-old added. “But it’s good to be able to come in and come back with a win as well so I’m feeling happy.>”

Man Utd are top of Group H with a maximum 12 points for four games, a full eight points ahead of Galatasaray and Cluj and nine ahead of Braga.

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