Chris Smalling
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Chris Smalling of Manchester United and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed his disappointment over the team’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, Smalling revealed his frustrations that United couldn’t win the game.

“I think we’re frustrated. We took the initiative in both halves – especially in the second half,” he said.

“We were on the front foot and put them on the back foot. I thought maybe our aggression and intensity deserved another goal.”

Speaking about the team’s pressing style of play, he said:

“Yeah, it was. We knew that they take risks from the back, that we’d be presented chances, and we knew that if we got after them we’d make it uncomfortable for them, and I felt like they were pretty uncomfortable for most of the night.”

On United’s habit of conceding the first goal first, Smalling said:

“Yeah. I think their first was a scrappy goal and, yeah, we were on the back foot again, but this team never gives up and you can see that.”

Speaking on the intensity of the game, he said:

“It was, and it really ramped up in that second half. It was quite end-to-end. You could see how much three points meant to both of us, so we were going for it. If we can bring that intensity to each game, it really lifts the crowd, because you could see how much they were vibing off it.”