Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is hoping for a speedy and effective recovery from Sunday's humiliating 4-1 defeat against Manchester City, in the League Cup tonight.
In the first Manchester derby of the season, it was City on the winning side in convincing fashion.
That defeat leaves United struggling in eighth place after five games in what is proving to be a difficult dawn to life post-Sir Alex Ferguson, new manager David Moyes has a battle on his hands to win over a small section of supporters.
However, Smalling, who played his unfortunate part in the weekends rout, is looking to tonights match against other fierce rivals Liverpool as a chance to get back on track.
The 23-year-old told the official Manchester United website: “I think it’s good there’s a big game coming up against Liverpool so we can try to hit back.
“We normally reply with a good result.
"Sunday’s match was a big disappointment, probably one of the biggest disappointments I have felt and I think that a lot of the players were hurt by that performance.”
The Red Devils have already been beaten once by Brendan Rodgers' side in the Premier League this far but that doesn't trouble the former Fulham and Maidstone defender.
“We bounced back from that [losing 0-1 at Anfield] and, although this was an even bigger disappointment, we’ve got a chance to play a couple of games quickly and that’s what we all need. We must do our talking on the pitch, not just say it won’t happen again. It’s a case of showing the fans what we’re all about.”
The clash takes place at Old Trafford tonight.
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