Chris Smalling is extremely frustrated with Manchester United’s draw against West Ham United and feels the fans had every right to show their own frustrations.
Man United fans inside Old Trafford booed at the end of the 0-0 draw and frustration is really starting to grow due to our consistently poor performances in attack.
Although we’re still only a few points off the top of the Premier League, Smalling knows that things have to improve.
Speaking about the game, Smalling said: “Today was a massive frustration for us and it’s so disappointing when you dominate a game. In the second half, we created a number of opportunities but we didn’t have that luck to see the ball drop in.
“The fans are in their right to show their frustration and we are just as frustrated. In the changing room, everyone is down because it is an opportunity missed. We are in a good position in the league, but it could have been boosted today.
“It’s not that we are not creating the chances. In the second half, we had quite a few opportunities in and around their six-yard box and we could have easily had a few goals.
“The opportunity was there to be capitalised on, to go top of the league, but it wasn’t meant to be. If we keep creating chances, we are confident sooner rather than later they will go in.
“On another day, we would have punished them, but when you dominate like we did, we should be taking the three points.”
Smalling is right in that the issue against West Ham wasn’t with creating chances but finishing them. Yet, it’s just another example of how poor United are going forward at the moment because we’re just not scoring anywhere near enough goals.
United now head to Germany on Tuesday knowing that a win is needed to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League knock-out rounds and Smalling is focused on that game now.
He added: “We don’t want to live with too much frustration going into training. We will recover tomorrow and, on Monday, we will go to Germany with an important goal in mind.”
At the moment, United players are talking the talk off the pitch in terms of being frustrated with how we’re currently playing but until they actually start turning their form around on the pitch, those words are meaningless.