Chris Smalling: The Everton defeat is a wake-up call.



Manchester United couldn't seal a win at Goodison Park for the third year in a row and Chris Smalling has promised the fans they'll see a better United when they take on West Brom next weekend at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal's side left Everton without any point as they were beaten 3-0 by the Toffees, with James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas all on the scoresheet.

However, Smalling - who said their display at Merseyside was below standard - wants the Reds to learn from their most recent setback.

“Right from the first minute we were off the pace and they had a pressure that we usually have," he told MUTV, as Manutd.com reported. "We were second best. This is a massive wake-up call for us.

“I think it was always going to go down to the final couple of games. We’ve got four big games now in which we’ve got to make sure we were better than today. I think we’ll go back and look at the video tomorrow and, come the next training session, we’ll be eager to put this right.

"We haven’t been the second-best team in games this season, even when we’ve lost, we’ve always had that aggression and those tackles but today we were far from it. I think we’ll see a different Manchester United next Saturday against West Brom."

He continued: “I think in the last two games we’ve had good possession, and especially in the first half today I think we created some good chances, but it was a game in which you needed to take chances and, if we had, it might have been different. In terms of aggression and one-on-one battles we were off the pace.

“The goals [we conceded] were very uncharacteristic, one from a corner and one from a breakaway where everyone has their positions and knows their jobs, so there’s no way they should be getting through as easily as they did today.

“We felt that our play at times was good and we played a lot of passes in towards their box. Given how we’ve played in the last few games, teams are more defensive and today we couldn’t find the answer despite a couple of good chances in the first half.

“We kept plugging away but couldn’t find those gaps. It was difficult. We’ll make sure we learn from this, the fans deserve a lot better than what they saw today.”

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