Smalling: We need to recover

Premiership

The Red Devils were undone 2-0 by Premier League rivals Liverpool in their first leg Last 16 tie, leaving United with it all to do ahead of next week’s second leg at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal’s charges have a short turnaround time ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham on Sunday, and Smalling knows they need to bounce back immediately.

"We're obviously disappointed, but we need to recover and turn our attentions to Sunday," he said.

"We haven't got long until another game and we need to make sure we are as fresh as we can because it is another competition where we need to progress.

"We're all disappointed, but knowing we've now got two home games in both of those competitions, it's on us to take the game to West Ham and then move onto Liverpool."

The English centre-back feels the first game in the second leg will be of utmost importance, and hopes the United faithful will be behind the team.

"It is now on us to rectify it next week in front of our own fans,” he said. “I think the first goal is going to be crucial.

"I think night games have a different edge to them and I think our fans will be right behind us. It's down to us to deliver and put on a better performance.”

Kick off against the Hammers is set for 6pm on Sunday.

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