Smalling put in a dominant performance to help Man United keep a clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium.
Louis van Gaal’s side eventually secured a big three points in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League thanks to Marcus Rashford’s winner. Smalling was recognised by fans for his efforts following the clash:
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United were knocked out of Europe on Thursday and they are barely hanging on in the FA Cup.
Getting a positive result out of City was vital for van Gaal’s side and they did exactly that following what was an efficient display.
Suddenly, with United one point behind fourth-placed City, sneaking into the Champions League places now looks like a real possibility. The hope is that United’s away form, in particular, picks up ahead of the final part of the campaign.