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Man Utd legend Crerand: Smalling silenced his derby critics

Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand says Chris Smalling can be proud of recent performances.

The defender has fought back after his red card in the derby against Manchester City.

"Chris has done very well to bounce back," Crerand told manutd.com. "He didn't get a lot of criticism from United fans for the red card, it was mostly from outside.

"That's the great thing about football - everyone has an opinion. I think it's the done thing today to criticise - if you don't have a dig at somebody then no-one notices so people will often say something controversial just to make sure they're noticed."

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