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“Smalling should have been sold 8 years ago!” Manchester United fans furious after 1-0 loss

Manchester United failed to close down the gap on Manchester City as a goal from Matt Ritchie sealed a surprise 1-0 win for Newcastle United at the St. James’ Park.

It was the same old story for Mourinho’s men as they missed a string of opportunities. However, credit must be given to Martin Dubravka – who made his debut for Newcastle, as he did everything to keep United out of the next. The defeat now sees Manchester City lead the Premier League log by a comfortable 16 points.

It all started when Nemanja Matic released Anthony Martial through on goal but Dubravka stayed calm to deny the Frenchman. The likes of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku too came close but the stopper made sure he kept his record clean. Alexis Sanchez remained the only player to beat the 29-year-old Slovak but the Chilean failed to find the net somehow.

Newcastle United, on the other hand, could have taken the lead in the first-half when Chris Smalling tripped Dwight Gayle in the area but the referee simply waved play on. Smalling, on his part, remained United’s weakest link and it was his dive which lead to Newcastle United’s opener. Exaggerating Jonjo Shelvey’s touch, the towering defender dived and earned himself a caution.

Reacting to Shelvey’s free-kick, Florian Lejune headed down the ball to Matt Ritchie’s way and the former Bournemouth man slotted home with a neat finish, denying David de Gea his 16th clean sheet. Manchester United, who enjoyed 63% of possession, managed 13 shots, with 6 of them coming on target. Manchester United fans, on their part, were left furious by Smalling’s performance and this is how they reacted to it:

Meanwhile, there were words for Alexis Sanchez as well,

Written by Patrick Rees

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