Chris Smalling believes Manchester United edged out Manchester City in their 0-0 derby draw on Sunday.
Defender Chris Smalling believes Manchester United had been the superior side in Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate against rivals Manchester City.
The England international played the complete 90 minutes because the derby finished scoreless for the first time because November 2010.
Smalling admitted the game could have already been extra fascinating, but believes United had the superior of your chances.
“I believe it’s one particular where it could have already been slightly bit far more [exciting]. Each teams have been pretty compact and well organised, and there weren’t too lots of chances,” he told MUTV.
“I think we possibly edged it overall with all the possibilities we had inside the second half. Towards the finish, you may tell that, for the final 20-30 minutes, they were hanging on and bringing on defenders, so it was on us to genuinely push forward and we did.
“On one more day, the chances we had may possibly have gone in.”
The draw at Old Trafford was the very first time considering the fact that that game in 2010 that United have kept a clean sheet against City.
“I consider if we came into today’s fixture and, if someone told us we would get a clean sheet, we would have taken your hand off,” the 25-year-old Smalling said.
“They’re a very fast, attacking team and I believe they were set up for the counter-attack, specifically with Raheem [Sterling] and [Kevin] De Bruyne who are pretty speedy, so we had to be on our toes.”
Having a point, City moved back into initial in the Premier League table, equal on points with Arsenal, whilst United remain just two points off prime spot in fourth.