Manchester United fans angry with Smalling after Man City red card

by Richard Laverty

Chris Smalling endured his toughest afternoon in a Manchester United shirt when he was sent off shortly before half-time in the Manchester derby.

After picking up an unnecessary booking for blocking Joe Hart’s goal kick, the defender picked up a second yellow for a foul which changed the game for both teams.

The ensuing reshuffle saw the lively Adnan Januzaj sacrificed for the returning Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini dropped deeper despite finding plenty of room in behind Manchester City’s defence and suddenly the course of the game changed.

Louis van Gaal‘s side had matched their rivals for much of the first half but it was a different story after half-time an Smalling’s red card didn’t go down well with the Manchester United support.

http://twitter.com/Jamesstretford/status/528912339417194496

http://twitter.com/BusbyMUFC/status/528931414151286784

Smalling’s red card means he’ll miss Manchester United’s home game against Crystal Palace next week and with Marcos Rojo suffering a dislocated shoulder in the second half, the club’s injury crisis at the back is beginning to worsen once again.

But for now the only pain felt is that of ‘what if?’ United had been well in with a chance of winning a derby match and showed even with ten men they were capable of taking the game to the champions but Smalling’s red card made it an uphill struggle.

Image: Twitter/manutd

You may also like