Manchester United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are still disappointed with their 1-0 defeat at the hands of noisy neighbours Manchester City at the weekend, especially as it was a game that could have been so different.
The first half red card picked up by United’s Chris Smalling changed the entire complexion of the game and was an act that was described as ‘stupid’ by Louis van Gaal at the final whistle.
Former Fulham man Smalling is a player who has been fighting to win over the United fans for some time, with some simply holding the belief he is not good enough for a team that is wanting to challenge for the top honours.
Sunday’s two yellow cards has seen that opinion cast wider and the England man looks to be fighting for his future at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal has identified the signing of a new centre back as a priority for United in January, with Smalling perhaps the next to be cast aside as the Dutchman continues his ruthless clear out.