Matt Richie’s second-half goal was enough to seal a 1-0 victory for the Magpies and help them stave off any fears of a relegation dogfight, for one more weekend at least.
The result leaves United a whopping 16 points behind Premier League leaders and bitter rivals Man City, and a lot of supporters are pointing the finger of blame firmly at Chris Smalling.
The centre-back didn’t cover himself in glory for Newcastle’s goal after failing to win an aerial challenge in the build-up and his general form this season hasn’t been much to write home about.
All in all, there’s plenty of fans who are pretty raging with Smalling today, and if he’s wise he’ll stay off Twitter for 24 hours at least:
I never want to see a Chris Smalling Phil Jones defensive partnership at Manchester United ever again. #mufc
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 11, 2018
I absolutely fucking despise Chris Smalling.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) February 11, 2018
Chris Smalling. 8 years at Manchester United. EIGHT.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) February 11, 2018
Manchester United concede a goal from a free kick given after a dive by their central defender. Get Chris Smalling off the pitch & out of the club.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) February 11, 2018
Can’t believe Chris Smalling is still at Manchester United, let alone starting. Liability of the highest order.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 11, 2018
I never want to see Phil Jones and Chris Smalling starting together at Manchester United ever again. Fucking shocking performances.
— Red Devil Bible (@RedDevilBible) February 11, 2018
Chris Smalling is wank. Martial and Sanchez both bottled it in front of goal. Pogba shouldn't even have been playing from the first minute. Oh and Chris Smalling is fucking awful.
— Adam (@DeGeaoIogy) February 11, 2018
If I had Hitler, Bin Laden and Chris Smalling in the same room and had a gun with only two bullets, I would shoot Smalling twice.
— • (@PogbesqueV3) February 11, 2018
Get Chris Smalling out of my club.
— Adam. (@AlexisRole) February 11, 2018
The less said about Chris Smalling the better. An atrocious footballer who combines a lack of any talent with idiotic decisions.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) February 11, 2018
What do you think of the reaction, and Smalling’s performance in general?