Manchester United fans surprised by Chris Smalling’s performance vs Watford

Manchester United fans surprised by Chris Smalling’s performance vs Watford

It’s fair to say Manchester United fans were surprised by Chris Smalling‘s performance in the clash against Watford on Saturday evening.

The Englishman was arguably the man of the match after a fine display that even saw him grab a goal.

Smalling’s effort was United’s second and eventually proved to be their winner in the 2-1 victory against the home side.

The centre-back has had his fair share of critics over the years but appears to be edging towards his best form.

Chris’ top season in a red shirt previously came under Louis van Gaal‘s management but there’s shades of that kind of form once more.

With Jose Mourinho struggling to find out his best back four it’s the perfect time for Smalling to rise to the occasion.

Many Manchester United fans had hoped Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof would become the club’s first choice pairing in defence but after some disappointment that dream has quickly died.

The expectation is they’ll slowly be allowed to feature together on a regular basis once more but probably further down the line.

If Chris can continue his displays however, then he’ll certainly delay that scenario from happening soon.

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