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Mourinho, Smalling stew after Manchester United falters again

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Jose Mourinho reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on November 24, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Manchester United is simmering after the celebrated side failed to generate much of anything in a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Veteran Chris Smalling sounded an alarm after the game, putting a timetable on the Red Devils’ bid to qualify for the UEFA Champions League via the league route.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 0-0 Crystal Palace ]

“We knew before this game all the home games we have,” Smalling said. “We knew we had to be in the top four by Christmas. We cannot have any more days like this.”

Manager Jose Mourinho agreed with Smalling’s assessment that the match was a total failure (And, yes, despite the clean sheet; Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend should’ve each scored).

“We did not win one point, we lost two,” Mourinho said.

The Portuguese manager insists his men were well-prepared for what Palace was going to do as visitors. From the BBC:

“We knew where they close down and knew where the spaces were, we did not have enough aggression or intensity to kill. We gave the opponent time to have he ball and did not press enough. We gave them moments to breath, relax and for the time to go. We did not press enough.”

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