Monday, 14th April, 2014

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has expressed his disappointment at how the Red Devils’ season has turned out, but believes that the same mistakes won’t be repeated next season.

Manchester United are seventh in the Premier League this season on 57 points, out of both the domestic cup competitions and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage by Bayern Munich.

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Smalling admits that this season has been a harsh lesson for the club and believes that this experience will help them to turn around their fortunes next term.

"You learn that you can't take what has happened in previous years for granted", the England international told Inside United.


"I think this experience will help us make sure we never let this happen again.”

The 24-year-old concedes that Manchester United never recovered from a difficult start to the season and insisted that this needs to be rectified next season so that they can start competing again.

"We gave ourselves an uphill task by not really starting the season well and, come next season, we will make sure we work harder than ever.

“This club deserves to be at the top and, hopefully, we'll be back there soon enough."

The last time Manchester United finished seventh in England’s top division was in the 1960/61 season. Sir Bobby Charlton was their top goalscorer with 21 goals and Tottenham Hotspur won their second and last league title.

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