‘We are all silenced by him’, Man United fans react to defender’s performance vs Palace

Manchester United supporters were left with mixed emotions about Chris Smalling after his goal staged the Red Devils comeback in a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The England international was partly at fault for Palace’s opener, where he allowed Christian Benteke to cut inside prior to his delivery for Andros Townsend, who found the scoresheet from a deflection.

The second came through a rather quick free-kick,which Antonio Valencia failed to spot, and Smalling could not do much than hope for an offside flag prior to Patrick van Aanholt’s goal.

Despite this, United came up with a strong reaction with Smalling netting their first goal via a neat header after a Valencia cross. Romelu Lukaku and a sensational strike from Nemanja Matic right at the end, ensured United came home with three points.

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Smalling has not been entirely secure in the Red Devils backline, but the fitness concerns to the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo has allowed him to capitalise with an extended run in the starting lineup.

Ideally, Bailly and Victor Lindelof are considered the pair to consolidate the central defensive positions in the future, but until they manage to find a solution to the fitness and adaptation issues respectively, the senior defenders are likely to remain in preference.




2 Comments

  1. United have no outstanding defenders, either too old or not a high standard. Valencia at his age is expected to be a wing back same with Young, neither of them any good against younger more effective opponents. Bailly, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Matic, Lindelhof, Darmian, Ibrahimovic, nine players who would not be considered by any of the top six sides in England let alone Europe. Nine players who need to be shipped out for better replacements. Luke Shaw, Fosu Mensah, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Demetri Mitchell, Andreas Pereira, six player all on loan or not being played enough now Mourinho wants to exchange Shaw for Danny Rose another one keeping an eye on his pension options. United are riddled with under achievers and elderly players and the biggest under achiever is Mourinho himself. A win against weaker opponents is no guide to improvement when it comes to meeting top quality teams so Liverpool is just another litmus test.

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