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Smalling hammered by Manchester United supporters on Twitter

Chris Smalling seemed to have cemented his place in Manchester United’s backline last season, but under manager Jose Mourinho he has dropped down the pecking order.

The centre-back has started just seven Premier League games this season, and four of his outings have come off the bench.

Surprisingly, Marcos Rojo was brought in from the cold and has formed a partnership with Phil Jones.

At the moment, the pair seem to be Mourinho’s first-choice defensive pairing, but it is worth noting that Eric Bailly has been away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Regardless, Smalling is struggling for game time, and his performance in Thursday night’s EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City did not breed much confidence.

United’s 17-game unbeaten run came to an end as the Tigers won 2-1 on the night, but Mourinho’s side progressed into the final 3-2 on aggregate thanks to their 2-0 first-leg win at Old Trafford.

After the match, some United fans took to Twitter to criticise Smalling’s performance.

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