Manchester United fans urge Smalling not to play in Europa League final

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was one of a handful of players who tweeted their reaction to reaching the Europa League final, but he did not get the response he was probably hoping for.

The England international came on as an 89th-minute substitute to see out the tense six minutes of stoppage time in the second leg of the semi-final against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The Spanish side cancelled out Marouane Fellaini’s first-half goal when Facundo Roncaglia netted an equaliser in the 85th minute.

Celta knew that one more away goal would send them into the final, but they squandered their biggest opportunity in the last kick of the game when John Guidetti fluffed a shot in the box.

United scraped through 2-1 on aggregate and after the match, Smalling tweeted his gratitude towards the fans, but they were not as kind.

Many called for the centre-back not to play in the May 24 showdown against Ajax in Stockholm, while others insisted that he needs to step up if included in the lineup by manager Jose Mourinho.

Smalling has failed to show consistent form this season, but injuries have also played a part.

The 27-year-old recently spent close to seven weeks out of action.

 


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