Manchester United legend says referee 'ruined game' with Smalling red

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Bryan Robson seemed to be one of the only people not backing up Michael Oliver's decision to send off Chris Smalling.

Manchester United and Manchester City played out an exciting derby this afternoon - which saw a goal, a red card and a spirited performance from United.

It also saw a pretty appalling refereeing performance from Michael Oliver.

He missed not one, not two but three blatant penalties for City in what was a game he will want to forget.

But if he got one decision right, it was the sending off of Chris Smalling.

The Manchester United defender was booked for a silly blocking of a Joe Hart drop-kick, who himself was lucky to stay on the pitch after extraordinarily squaring up to the referee. He then slid into a challenge he was never going to win with James Milner - receiving his deserved marching orders and a verbal lasing from United boss Louis van Gaal after the game.

But one person who disagrees with that stance is Manchester United legend Bryan Robson.

The former England captain played 461 games for United over a 12 year spell scoring 99 goals and becoming an icon for many a child growing up in that generation.

And he does not forget his allegiance.

Just after the red card, he sent this Tweet suggesting Oliver had got it wrong.

Maybe not in his day, but on this occasion the majority would disagree with the Manchester United legend.

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