Manchester United fans were furious with Chris Smalling‘s performance against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The Englishman endured a nightmare showing against Antiono Conte’s side, with his mistakes resulting in Jose Mourinho‘s men suffering a 4-0 defeat on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Whether it was his mistake that allowed Pedro to get past him for the first goal or failing to perform his marking duties properly as Gary Cahill doubled the lead, Smalling was absolutely woeful.
Here’s what fans on social media had to say about his performance.
Haven't seen such a disorganised Man Utd team in years. LVG's United wasn't this separated in defence. Blind and Smalling have been woeful.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 23, 2016
Smalling and Rojo in central defence????????????????????????????
— NODE5 ???????? (@NODE5_) October 23, 2016
Smalling is the definition of brain dead. Expecting us to concede 3 more here with that moron at the back ???? #MUFC
— Syms Mohamed (@SymsMohamed) October 23, 2016
Said it for ages but Chris Smalling is garbage.
— Sam (@FalseNineRole) October 23, 2016
Smalling and Rojo in defence goodbye world.
— Luke ???? (@RedLukey) October 23, 2016
What that performance has proven is that Luke Shaw‘s return to the side will be a big boost for the squad, although Daley Blind has done a decent job at left-back, he needs to partner Eric Bailly in the centre of the defence.
Smalling’s errors left David de Gea exposed and it’s a showing Mourinho won’t take lightly after his return to Stamford Bridge as Man United manager ended in embarrassment.
Fans were right to criticise him on social media and Mourinho now has a difficult task ahead as his side face Manchester City in the EFL Cup.