Manchester United Football Club end their pre-season tour with a narrow defeat at the hands of FC Barcelona. Jose Mourinho’s men lost 1-0, and now it’s back to Europe come the weekend when the Red Devils take on Valerenga in Norway.
The Catalan giants’ goal came from Neymar, and it’s fair to say fans are less than convinced by the performance of a certain Chris Smalling, that’s if Twitter is anything to go by anyway.
Have a look at the tweets aimed at Chris Smalling here:
Can we please sell Smalling. Please. Please. Please
— I love this Game FC! (@BeingRedDevil) July 27, 2017
Why is Smalling still on the payroll when we have TFM and Taunzebe?
— summer (@GRElZMANN) July 27, 2017
Smalling was okay but still shocking on the ball, Lindelof had a better game today, Lukaku been good so far too. #mufc
— Invisible Man (@introvrti) July 27, 2017
— chancermcchancerton (@chancermcchance) July 27, 2017
— Surya (@suryashanmugam6) July 27, 2017
I keep saying this in the hope that someone important at Manchester United would see this. Smalling, Jones, Fellaini, Valencia has to go!
— Princetructor (@revprince) July 27, 2017
Jones is miles better than Smalling but he's made of glass and has the misfortune of having his mistakes seriously punished every time
— Uglinist (@zzyzx91) July 27, 2017
This is a man who has now been at the club for seven years. In my opinion, he’s gotten gradually worse and that is becoming a real problem for manager Mourinho. He needs players whom he can rely upon and trust, and at this point in time, Smalling is anything but that.
Alright, it was only a pre-season friendly but he looked absolutely lost in a back-two alongside Victor Lindelof. Positionally, he was dreadful, he wasn’t strong in the tackle and quite frankly he gave Barca’s attackers far too much space on the ball.
As you can see, some fans were calling for him to be sold, but I just don’t see that happening until January at the very least, because whilst Marcos Rojo is out injured, we’re looking thin on the ground in that area of the pitch.