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Chris Smalling Ridiculed For Outrageous Dive In Man United’s Defeat At Newcastle

Manchester United lost even more ground on rivals City on Sunday with a surprise 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Jose Mourinho must consider St. James’ Park as something of a bogey ground for him, having newer tasted victory there, and that run continued thanks to Matt Ritchie’s second-half winner, topped off by a fine performance from new Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

If anything typified Man United’s poor display, then it is surely the fact that they were the architects of their own downfall when it came to the goal they conceded. Defender Chris Smalling, with Jonjo Shelvey bearing down on him, inexplicably threw himself to the ground in a bid to win a free kick.

Referee Craig Pawson saw right through the England international’s attempt at deceit, booked Smalling and awarded Newcastle the free kick. Shelvey himself lofted the free into the box, and the ball fell invitingly for Ritchie who placed past David de Gea to send Rafa Benitz’s side on their way to a valuable three points.

Afterwards, Smalling was the subject of ridicule from neutrals, with Man United fans furious at what they had witnessed from the centre-half.

The defeat leaves Man United 16 points behind Man City and, with Man City running away with the title, leaves Mourinho and his side looking over their shoulder slightly nervously in the battle for the top four.

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