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Chris Smalling: We will probably see this as an opportunity missed


Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says the Red Devils deserved to take points against Chelsea on Sunday.

United avoided defeat thanks to Robin van Persie's late equaliser and the 24-year-old believes the performance against the Blues shows that the Red Devils can match any team in the Premier League this season.

"I think we deserved the draw," Smalling told MUTV.

"But we will probably see this as an opportunity missed. The amount of chances we created compared to them was a greater number, I think, and we scored in the 90th-plus minute, so we will take the draw.

"They are the league leaders, but when we do our evaluation of the game we could have done a bit more than that.

"They are an experienced team who know how to kill a game but we showed that fighting spirit, and we kept going right till the end.

"We kept going; those last 15 to 20 minutes were a real onslaught from us. We deserved that and it will give us a bit of confidence going into a big period for us.

"Their only chances came from our mistakes, so we need to cut out those sloppy balls.

"On the whole our team structure is getting better with each game.

"We kept fighting and we deserved that point, but how we played against the league leaders showed that we can go to any team and cause problems."

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