Smalling: When you dominate like that, you must win

Date published: Sunday 6th December 2015 3:31

Chris Smalling: Frustrated by Manchester United's draw against West Ham

Chris Smalling: Frustrated by Manchester United's draw against West Ham

Chris Smalling believes Manchester United fans had every right to vent their frustration at Old Trafford on Saturday after another goalless draw.

United recorded their sixth 0-0 stalemate of the season after squandering a number of chances against West Ham.

Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jesse Lingard missed good opportunities to earn a much-needed win for Louis van Gaal’s side, who dropped to fourth in the Premier League.

United supporters booed their team off, and once again shouts of “attack, attack, attack” could be heard from the Stretford End.

Smalling said the players shared the fans’ pain and conceded those who paid good money to be in the stands at Old Trafford were entitled to air their frustrations.

“Today was a massive frustration for us and it’s so disappointing when you dominate a game,” the United defender told MUTV.

“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.”

This was not the worst United performance of the season. The introduction of Fellaini gave United a more potent look in attack while Lingard and Martial used their pace to good effect too.

But once inside the box it was a different story. Without top goal scorer Wayne Rooney, United lacked a killer touch.

United may have the best defensive record in the top flight, but a return of 20 goals in 15 matches at the other end is hardly title-winning form.

“It’s not that we are not creating the chances,” Smalling added.

“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.

“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.”

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