Chris Smalling believes Manchester United edged out Manchester City in their 0-0 derby draw on Sunday.
Defender Chris Smalling believes Manchester United were the better side in Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate against rivals Manchester City.
The England international played the full 90 minutes as the derby completed scoreless for the very first time due to the fact November 2010.
Smalling admitted the game could have been a lot more exciting, but believes United had the much better in the possibilities.
“I think it’s one particular exactly where it could have been slightly bit much more [exciting]. Both teams have been quite compact and effectively organised, and there weren’t too several probabilities,” he told MUTV.
“I consider we in all probability edged it all round using the probabilities we had in the second half. Towards the finish, you may inform that, for the final 20-30 minutes, they have been hanging on and bringing on defenders, so it was on us to genuinely push forward and we did.
“On a further day, the chances we had might have gone in.”
The draw at Old Trafford was the first time because that game in 2010 that United have kept a clean sheet against City.
“I think 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 rapidly, attacking team and I feel they had been setup for the counter-attack, specifically with Raheem [Sterling] and [Kevin] De Bruyne that are extremely rapid, so we had to be on our toes.”
With a point, City moved back into very first inside the Premier League table, equal on points with Arsenal, while United remain just two points off best spot in fourth.