Manchester United fans have slammed Chris Smalling for his challenge on Richarlison that led to a penalty kick for Everton on Sunday. Despite United hanging on for a 2-1 win after Gylfi Sigurdsson converted the spot kick, the club’s fans weren’t impressed with the defender’s poor tackle that brought the Brazilian down in the 76th minute of the match at Old Trafford.
Smalling has made sure of some nerve-racking moments for the Red Devils this season and has been criticised in the past for his failure to properly defend against strong, attacking sides.
The England international, who made his 300th appearance for United, had been coping quite well with the threats of Richarlison, Theo Walcott and Bernard up until that moment.
Some fans however feel it should spell the end of Smalling at the club and want the manager to sign new defenders that could see United get more consistent results.
Here are some of their reactions on Twitter:
Unnecessary tackle, could have done betted
— James Kimathi (@jkimathi16) October 28, 2018
That is always, always the danger with Chris Smalling. For goodness sake.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 28, 2018
Chris Smalling continuously proving me right!!
He should be no where near a @ManUtd shirt, shocking player!
— David Stevenson (@DaveStevenson_) October 28, 2018
How is Chris Smalling still a @ManUtd player?
— Ramkarthik (@Ramkarthik) October 28, 2018
Sell Chris Smalling @manutd
— Trice (@TriceCent) October 28, 2018