Manchester United today became the first team to achieve 600 Premier League victories by beating Middlesbrough 3-1. However, fans aren’t talking about that. Instead, they are talking about two calamitous moments during the match from Chris Smalling and Victor Valdes.
Firstly, United defender Smalling made a complete hash of a back pass and turned himself into an instant GIF. As he went to head a low ball, he completely missed and ended up on the floor.
— Anything PL (@AnythingPL) 19 March 2017
This comedy moment led to some hilarious reactions on Twitter.
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) 19 March 2017
Smalling wtf pic.twitter.com/HWMf87BdVH
— Brian Emeka (@EmekaTechHD) 19 March 2017
Smalling literally pic.twitter.com/LtO5VXLW1Q
— ?⚪⚫ (@DrCassOle) 19 March 2017
— En (@EnEngin14) 19 March 2017
There’s definitely a touch of Laurel and Hardy about Smalling and Jones. Frightening….
— John Ludden (@Johnludds) 19 March 2017
Despite Smalling’s inability to head a ball, United reached the 90th minute leading 2-1. As Middlesbrough fought for a draw, their goalkeeper Valdes gifted the Red Devils victory. As he went to kick the ball clear, he suffered a comical and extremely untimely slip. Antonio Valencia pounced on the loose ball to net his first goal since January 2014.
El resbalón de Víctor Valdés o la insistencia de Valencia? pic.twitter.com/cyz9mBgbFX
— Huguin68 (@hugotorres1968) 19 March 2017
Twitter once again hit top form. Many people compared the slip to a Steven Gerrard one back in 2014, whilst others found other funny comparisons.
— Ady (@AdyTranter) 19 March 2017
Victor Valdes trying to make a clearance like… pic.twitter.com/o5cWAnB0O6
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) 19 March 2017
— Dave Irvine (@daveirvine23) 19 March 2017
It was a momentous occasion for the Old Trafford side and they are now up into fifth place, just three points behind Liverpool in the Champions League qualification places.
The result also leaves Boro clinging on to their Premier League life. They are now just two points off the bottom of the table and five away from safety.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena