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Fans question Manchester United's ambitions

Fans question Manchester United's ambitions after Smalling's contract extension

December 15, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Enthusiasts of the Red Devils have reacted to news of Chris Smalling’s contract extension.

Manchester United fans have questioned the club's ambitions after it tied down Smalling to a long-term deal. Jose Mourinho's side announced on Saturday that the England international has extended his stay until 2022. Chris Smalling remains among a handful of other players that have endured three managerial changed following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. 

However, the 28-year-old defender has failed to cement his position as a reliable center-back option due to inconsistencies in his performance. Despite the arrivals of Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, among a host of others, the defensive frailties Manchester United following the end of the Ferdinand-Vidic partnership still remains unresolved with. Chris Smalling often forms part of the personnel who frequently receive criticisms in recent times.

Following Saturday's announcement, head coach of the Red Devils Jose Mourinho highlighted the essence of the Englishman's contract extension.

"I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract," the Portuguese manager told his club's official website.

"Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad."

Chris Smalling also iterated his excitement in committing his future to the Old Trafford outfit.

"This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team.

"It is a real honor to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period."

The news of Smalling's stay has, however, stirred up a revolting reaction among fans of Manchester United on social media. Some members of the fan base have questioned the club's long-term objective after the news broke.

The Red Devils currently sits sixth on the league table and their struggles have mostly been attributed to the club's inactivity in the transfer market. Below are the reactions of some fans:

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