Chris Smalling sent off in FA Cup final during extra-time against Crystal Palace

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Chris Smalling has been sent off in extra time of the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

The England international picked up a second yellow card during the first half of extra time against the Eagles, and was handed his marching orders by referee Mark Clattenburg.

Smalling was caught out by the pace of Yannick Bolasie near the half-way line, and hauled the Palace winger to the ground.

BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer branded his decision to try and win the ball so far from David de Gea's goal as "silly", and Manchester United fans were slightly more vocal than that.

You can check out the best of the reaction below.

Former Arsenal defender-turned-pundit Martin Keown also admonished the man who is set to anchor England's defence at Euro 2016 this summer, describing it as a 'rugby' style challenge.

"In the end it's almost a rugby tackle from Chris Smalling," he said. "He knows you can't get away with that. It looks like Michael Carrick will go into the back four."

Earlier on in the game, Crystal Palace had taken the lead thanks to a superb Jason Puncheon goal, however Juan Mata struck back almost immediately to send the game into extra-time.

With the game seemingly meandering towards penalties, Dwight Gayle spurned a glorious chance to put Alan Pardew's side ahead - and then moments late Jesse Lingard struck with a moment of magic to seal the deal for the Red Devils.

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