Manchester United fans were impressed with Chris Smalling‘s performance against Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.
The Englishman has been heavily criticised in recent weeks, with supporters urging Jose Mourinho to sell him in the summer transfer window, but against Ajax, he was completely solid.
Mourinho started Smalling over Phil Jones and although many wouldn’t have agreed with the decision before the game, he put in a spectacular performance and was winning headers for fun throughout the victory.
Here’s what supporters on social media had to say about his performance against Peter Bosz’s men.
Credit to Smalling, been class this game, same with Darmian
— ᴋᴡᴀᴍᴇ ???????????????? (@Mawke700) May 24, 2017
Smalling is playing with Jose's brain. Totally different player tonight
— Mr 1-5 (@MIKassim) May 24, 2017
I don’t know what got into him but it seemed like Mike Smalling was back on the pitch with Louis van Gaal in attendance at the Friends Arena.
His performance could have been the deciding factor in his future at Old Trafford, with his career at United massively uncertain for next season.
Smalling needs to work on his consistency because there’s no doubting the fact that he has the ability to perform, as supporters have witnessed, but he’s just been let down by some disappointing displays this campaign.