Manchester United fans react as Chris Smalling leaves club
The veteran centre-back spent last season on loan at the Serie A club. He showcased a number of top performances and cemented himself as one of the best defenders in the league.
Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2010 from Fulham, Smalling has made 323 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals.
He has won five major titles at United, including two Premier League triumphs.
The 30-year-old developed a knack for scoring in the Manchester Derby. In fact, he scored thrice in wins against City including the famous 3-2 win in 2018.
We take a look at how fans reacted to the news on Twitter.
Fans react as Chris Smalling joins Roma
Good luck Chris. Delivered some big moments for us including goals against City, and one of our most decorated players leaving the club, involved in a lot of recent trophies. All the best in Italy.— Jack (@UnitedHeaven_) October 5, 2020
We getting rid of players but not signing replacements 😭😭— MarkMufc (@MarkMufc13) October 5, 2020
Chris Smalling is better than the following centre-backs…. Maguire,Bailly,Victor,Rojo,Jones.. true story…. someone please, pretty please explain how he goes but Jones stays? 🤔🤔🤔 one of life’s feckin mysteries that!— Lee Pycroft (@LMPycroftJ4) October 5, 2020
Better than Maguire and no arguing on that 😤😤😤😤— Odds for All (@quarmecfc) October 5, 2020
Heads and shoulders over Maguire, anyway, cheers Mike— AndyRobertsLUHG (@AndyRobUnited) October 5, 2020
He will never be forgotten— Owen (@just_yoma) October 5, 2020
Could have done with keeping him— Paul St. Davis (@PaulStDavis) October 5, 2020
Good luck Chris, few goals against city will live long in the memory— Alex Goulden (@alex_goulden12) October 5, 2020
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Quite sad about this.He must have improved immensely in Italy to get in the Serie A team of the year. Defenders in Italy are really good. Surely he would have added quality at CB given all the issues in that position currently. Wouldn’t get a similar player for £20m in the market— Chris (@ChrisStarrett) October 5, 2020
Good Luck King. Served us well for 9 years. Nice to see you do well in Serie A and escape from this garbage dumb— Elite Martial🇵🇰 (@MysticalMartial) October 5, 2020