Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling has blamed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males for his or her 1-Zero defeat to Barcelona within the Champions League quarter-final first leg encounter at Outdated Trafford.
He additionally spoke on his conflict with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi that left the Argentine worldwide bleeding.
Smalling, who left Messi with a bloodied nostril after an aerial problem with the 31 12 months previous, mentioned the competition with the Barca quantity 10 got here once they have been proper on the entrance foot.
The centre-back blamed United gamers for not scoring a aim in opposition to Ernesto Valverde’s males after creating some good possibilities through the encounter.
A primary-half personal aim from Luke Shaw gave the La Liga champions a slender result in take again to Camp Nou for subsequent week’s second leg fixture.
“I feel the problem with Messi got here once we have been proper on the entrance foot,” Smalling informed BT Sport.
“We needed to carry the depth they’re not used to each week and there’s rather a lot to play for in second leg.
“We pressed them excessive and made it troublesome. It’s a disgrace we couldn’t get the aim. I believed we created some good possibilities.
“We had a spell within the first half the place we went after them after which we appeared nervy, however after half time we obtained at them.
“The entire crew, we nullified them. I feel there was just one different save for David de Gea. We knew we needed to carry that depth that they’re not used to.
“It was battle, my yellow card on Luis Suarez out of all of the challenges I believed it was the softest.”