Manchester United fans uncertain after Chris Smalling’s performance vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United fans uncertain after Chris Smalling’s performance vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United fans were left with mixed feelings after Chris Smalling‘s performance vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Englishman has often been the scapegoat for the club’s defence and was once more feeling the wrath of supporters after the team went 2-0 down to the home side.

Smalling’s career at United has often been doubted with many believing he’s not of the right quality to perform regularly for the club.

The former Fulham man’s only good season at the club came under Louis Van Gaal‘s management but he’s failed to replicate anything of the sort since.

To make things even more complicated, Chris scored the Red Devils first goal of the game to try and inspire his team to complete a comeback.

Chris Smalling certainly has plenty of competition for his spot at Manchester United with Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof all fighting for the same position.

Most of the aforementioned players have struggled with fitness issues and so he’s taken advantage by featuring more often than perhaps expected.

Bailly and Lindelof are the centre-back partnership that Jose Mourinho appears to be building towards but unless they can overcome their fitness issues and adaption issues respectively then others may step up.

On loan Axel Tuanzebe is also highly rated by the club’s staff and is expected to return next season from Aston Villa to challenge for a first team berth.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah could potentially do the same but there are suggestions he will compete with Antonio Valencia for the right back spot instead.

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