Manchester United ensured rivals Manchester City would not be celebrating a title win at their expense on Saturday, producing a huge derby comeback to win 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
Finding themselves two goals down at the interval after goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan, Jose Mourinho’s side rallied after the break to score through Paul Pogba twice, eventually securing the winner thanks to defender Chris Smalling.
No-one typified United’s comeback more than Smalling who had a particularly poor first half before finding the winning mentality to inspire the derby victory.
Fans were impressed with that turnaround, respecting the way he managed to put initial mistakes behind him to play such a pivotal role in such an important match.
The title may be beyond them this season but supporters will be hoping they can keep winning in the tail-end of the season to secure second place and head into the summer with as much positivity as possible.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Smalling’s Saturday display…
I’ve been Smalling’s biggest critic, but fair play to the lad, he showed heart and guts to bounce back today. Seemed to mean a lot to him too, which is good as I feel we need more passion. #mufc @ManUtd
— Iain Stephens (@iain14) April 7, 2018
I slagged Smalling off and Pogba off massively just moments before Pogba’s 1st goal, made me eat my words today! Should of been 4-0 city at half time, how we won it from there?? I’ll never know!! Buzzing though! #MUFC
— David Cordy (@Cordy06) April 7, 2018
Like the majority, thought the result was a forgone conclusion at half-time. May have to get used to United comebacks again. Smalling’s resilience commendable after his ditzy mistake. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) April 7, 2018
Credit where credit is due. Smalling was pants in the first half but pulled it round in the second #mufc
— Peter Powell (@Cozy44) April 7, 2018
I hated you 2 hours ago. I love you now.
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) April 7, 2018
We were angry at u first half but then that GOAL 🔥❤ #mufc
— Nataly Antar (@nataly_antar7) April 7, 2018
Played Mike 👏🏻 not gonna lie was gonna rip you apart after that first half performance but you've well and truly made up for it 👍🏻
— Colm Wilson (@ColmWilson_) April 7, 2018
Huge respect to Chris Smalling. Regardless of whether he's good enough to start for us or not, he was culpable for the first goal but stood up and was counted, even scored the winner. Respect. #mufc
— Matt Walsh (@mattwalsh25) April 7, 2018