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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