The Red Devils suffered their first defeat in nearly two years Sunday night in England (2-1), the fourth under Roberto Martinez. “We weren’t mature enough at the start,” said Toby Alderweireld.
“We had everything under control until this unnecessary penalty. They are therefore back in the game. If we were a bit sharper and made the right choices, we could score three times. And that’s a lack of maturity. We need to be more clinical to achieve our goal. We conceded an unfortunate goal in the second half and after that we just weren’t good enough. I have to admit it. But before that, we had enough possibilities. We had to put them on and kill the match ”.
In the first half, the Belgians dominated and there didn’t seem to be a problem. “Before the break, we were very strong, despite the many absences. England are still not an easy opponent. Everyone expects everyone to be crushed. But as we came here to win, we are certainly disappointed ”.
Due to the end of Vincent Kompany’s career and the absences of Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen, an unprecedented defense was launched with Alderweireld, Jason Denayer and Dedryck Boyata. “The agreement was good. We had everything under control, even in the second half when we took more risks. I think we’ve neutralized a lot of their attacks. ”