What Messi and Suarez said to Smalling after a bloody challenge at Old Trafford.
United defender, Chris smalling has revealed after chatting with Lionel Messi after the game he admitted challenge was an accident.
Smalling came through the back of the Argentine to win a header leaving the the 31-year-old bleeding in the face.
However, Tests showed there was nothing to worry about and the England international has said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner told him he understood the situation was an accident;
”Yeah we spoke after. I didn’t realise at the time actually that I had caught him like that, Smalling told Five Live.
”But after the game we had a brief chat, shook hands and he said he knew it was an accident’
On former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez,he said;
”Luis Suarez after as well, we had a good tussle and he just shook my hand after and said good luck and we just said good luck,
”So it’s nice when you can have that battle on the pitch and then obviously there’s full respect after the game because ultimately you’re just trying to do your best and enjoy the game,Smalling added.