Lukaku scored a poacher’s goal at Vicarage Road but Smalling, of all people, displayed his juggling skills, as he chested a ball from a corner and volleyed it past Ben Foster.
The English defender has had his struggles under Jose Mourinho but he was terrific against the Hornets and the manager had his say on the goal and the haircut:
Jose on @ChrisSmalling‘s goal:
“We trained the corner during the week, and the best thing is when you see it happen in the match. He was good. The only thing I don’t like about Chris is the haircut, but I am nobody to tell him that!”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018
Jokes apart, the goal was important for the player’s confidence and it also helped us to a victory. Watford did score via Andre Gray to worry our defence but Smalling and Victor Lindelof held the fort to record our second win on the spin.
The Englishman had a few United fans praising him, while a number of them loved his haircut.
If the hair cut can make him score like that keep it 😂
— Fatima (@Fats1414) September 15, 2018
More goals than Ozil in 2018
— ِ (@MxrseiIIe) September 15, 2018
— The Person (@pixley0) September 15, 2018
Is it just me or has smalling improved since having his haircut
— Zain (@zain_shah1244) September 15, 2018
Lmaooooo I don’t think it’s that bad tbh
— Steven (@StevenUtd_) September 15, 2018
Give him number 10
— Jonas (@oireejonas) September 15, 2018
If the haircut made him produce such s goal and an overall performance let it be
— Kelvin (@rk_kelvin24) September 15, 2018
😂 I knew mourinho would comment on the haircut
— Favoured DJ Frendzy (@dj_frendzy) September 16, 2018
luckily it wasn’t chris smalling that showed up.. it was MIKE
— dragon lord skater XY XX XYX multiChromosomes (@ascelios1) September 16, 2018
Smalling is like our ramos he scored some important away goals last season.That’s what jose want contribution from the back.And one thing i have noticed whenever lindelof plays smalling he always plays good.
— ankit kumar (@singh_04ankit) September 16, 2018
nice goal from him, but that hair cut though…
— Egbu Samuel (@samlchijioke) September 16, 2018