Man United fans frustrated with Chris Smalling’s performance against Hull City

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United fans were decidedly furious with Chris Smalling following their side’s 2-1 second leg defeat to Hull City in the League Cup semi-final.

The Englishman, deployed at the back alongside Phil Jones, cut a truly unsettled figure at the back all evening, making a series of poor mistakes on and off the ball.

Man United fans, despite seeing their side reach Wembley, were quick to vent their frustration towards the 27-year-old.

United coasted through this encounter with an almost fatal sense of complacency, struggling to find their feet and failing to really impose themselves all evening. And Smalling, very much a second choice option this season, somewhat embodied that lackadaisical attitude at the KC Stadium.

The Englishman, above anything, looked notably slower than anybody else on the pitch, as if unsure of every step he took. Hull’s second of the evening was an excellent case in point: a decent but perfectly defendable ball from the right, drifting into the box, almost begging to be intercepted for a corner – but Smalling was nowhere to be seen, choosing instead to listlessly watch on as Hull came dangerously close to forcing Jose Mourinho’s men into extra-time.

A marked contrast to the stalwart that marshalled United’s back four under Louis van Gaal last year to say the least.

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