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Smalling Pockets Messi, Social Media Erupts After His Defensive Display

When Barcelona faced Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League this week, word on social media was that Lionel Messi would torment the Red Devils' defence. However, in what was a surprisingly quiet game from the Argentine, Twitter erupted with praise for Chris Smalling after a good performance at Old Trafford. Have you seen the reactions?

Leading up to the much-anticipated UCL quarter-final tie, the United centre-back was in an optimistic mood and famously urged Barcelona and Messi to "bring it on" in a pre-match press conference.

Although the Spanish giants left Old Trafford with a crucial away goal, Smalling left social media abuzz after seemingly surprising many with his solid defensive display and also keeping the five-time Ballon d'Or winner at bay.

Here is how some on social media responded to his performance:

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