Manchester United fans not impressed with Chris Smalling’s performance against Middlesbrough

Manchester United fans not impressed with Chris Smalling’s performance against Middlesbrough

Manchester United fans were far from impressed with Chris Smalling‘s display during their side’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Englishman, deployed in a back three one again, prompted concerns early on with a number of uncontrolled clearances – a sign of fatigue following his outing against FC Rostov just three days earlier.

He managed to compose himself as the game went on but plunged his side, 2-0 up at the time, into a nervous frenzy with 12 minutes remaining following an inexplicably poor piece of play that gave Rudy Gestede a chance to power home and set up an awkward finish.

Man United fans were quick to criticise the 27-year-old for another unsure display at the back.

There were a number of things that contributed to Smalling’s chagrin at the Riverside: firstly, and indeed most visibly, his energy levels following two 90 minute stints during the week were notably low. Everything he did was tainted with a streak of lethargy, and it almost cost United three points.

Secondly, and perhaps more worryingly, there were further signs of dysfunction between himself and Phil Jones – a malaise that has reared its ugly head for a number of years now. Playing in a back three is not something that comes naturally to Smalling, known mainly for his no-nonsense, traditional style of defending. He will thank the footballing gods that, this time around, it didn’t cost United any points.

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Tanveer has been writing with The Peoples Person since August 2015 and is a life long Manchester United fan.