Manchester United Football Club suffered an embarrassing loss on Super Sunday, with Jose Mourinho’s men getting beat 1-0 by Newcastle.
Although chances aplenty were created, the Red Devils just couldn’t take the opportunities that came their way, and eventually, that cost them as Matt Ritchie scored to give the hosts their first home win in months.
The chance came from an unbelievable situation. Chris Smalling dived and picked up a booking that led to the free-kick in which Newcastle scored from, which pretty much sums his season up.
Smalling is a frustrating player to watch at times, and today, it was one of those mediocre displays that makes him look like every bit the Non-League player that he was once.
Positionally he was woeful, his timing in the tackle wasn’t great and you need him to command that back four when the going got tough. It’ll be interesting to see if Mourinho takes the decision to drop him from the match-day squad, because that’s exactly what happened to his pal Phil Jones after he made a mistake.
As you’d imagine, the Red Devils fans weren’t best pleased with Smalling, and they took to Twitter to express their frustration.
Manchester United concede a goal from a free kick given after a dive by their central defender. Get Chris Smalling off the pitch & out of the club.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) February 11, 2018
Chris Smalling. 8 years at Manchester United. EIGHT.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) February 11, 2018
Think it’s time for Smalling to go in the Summer #MatchDayJay
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) February 11, 2018
I’d terminate Smalling’s contract even if it cost us £15m. Would be the best money we could spend. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) February 11, 2018
I wouldn’t say Smalling is a liability.
That’s being cruel to liabilities.
— TriggeRedUTD (@jonmikesav8) February 11, 2018
Can someone explain to me…how our defenders tries to dive..in his own half..after getting past the player..I mean..how does smalling always switch off?..honestly.
— All For United (@allforunited) February 11, 2018