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Smalling admits relief after FA Cup red card does not hinder Man Utd

Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling was a relieved man following the club's FA Cup success on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was given his marching orders following a second yellow card with 15 minutes left in extra-time of the final against Crystal Palace, but eventually, United claimed the trophy thanks to a superb strike from Jesse Lingard.

Smalling said: "I think the over-riding emotion was one of relief.

"You just have to learn that you can't always go and win that ball and there are certain moments to do it.

"But luckily I wasn't punished and Jesse popped up with a great goal. But I thought it was a well-deserved win because we created a lot of chances."

Vyom Chaudhary
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