Smalling: Man Utd have got a lot to learn… we were well & truly punished

The Red Devils were beaten by PSV on their return to the Champions League and the England international believes his side were made to pay for not taking their chances


Chris Smalling believes Manchester United have a lot to learn if they are to compete in the Champions League after losing to PSV on their return to the competition.

Goals from Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh sealed victory for the Eredivisie side after Memphis Depay had opened the scoring.

And Smalling felt the Red Devils were punished for not taking their chances when they arrived.

“[Man Utd lacked] that cutting edge in the final third, in that box, to make more of our possession,” he told BT Sport. “

“But in the first half they scored from their only chance and we gave it away on the outside of our box and they punished us with their man two chances. It’s a very disappointing night.

“We scored a good goal and we couldn’t really kick on from that. We’ve got a lot to learn to make sure that we bounce back on Sunday [against Southampton].

“You can’t [take anything for granted]. Whether that’s a league game, a cup game, a Champions League game. If you don’t take your chances then if the other team take them.

“Tonight we’ve been well and truly punished.”

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