Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has said that his team was too confident going into their Europa League clash at Feyenoord. The Red Devils were beaten by the Dutch team in the opening group fixture of the tournament. Smalling, who captained the team in the absence of Wayne Rooney, said the team treated the game with a little levity thinking their Dutch counterparts would be a walkover.
“I think we came into this game very confident and we thought we’d get a good result,” Smalling said on MUTV.
“We wanted to give ourselves a good start to the group but unfortunately we didn’t play up to our usual standards.
“They didn’t create too many chances but we didn’t do enough either to win the game. I think our urgency was there in the second half but we needed to have that in the first half as well.”
Smalling believes they can still be top of their group despite their opening day loss.
“I think the defeat puts pressure on the second game,” he said.
“But we do have five games to make sure we finish top of the group.
“I felt in the second half we matched Feyenoord’s intensity but we need to do that earlier to give ourselves a platform to win the game.”