Photo: Chris Smalling celebrates with his girlfriend ahead of Man United v Feyenoord

Chris Smalling turned 27 in the build-up to Manchester United's clash with Feyenoord

Chris Smalling was all smiles as he posed for a picture with some family and friends to celebrate his birthday on Tuesday night.

The Manchester United defender turned 27 on Tuesday and received plenty of birthday wishes on social media as the centre-half enjoyed his special day.

Wayne Rooney was among the players to send Smalling a birthday message on Instagram as the England defender celebrated his day with some close friends.

And Smalling’s girlfriend Sam Cooke posted the picture above on her personal Instagram account on Tuesday night.

She wrote the caption: “Birthday squad 🎈surprise meal for the birthday boy @smalling lovely catch up with this lot @eddflair @will7thornton @_ruqayya_ @andreasratcliffe @collycakes14 @kenzel79 @em1lyh Jason and Anna xx thanks for an amazing meal as always @tattumcr 👌🏼”

Smalling will be hoping to feature when Manchester United return to Europa League action on Thursday night with a home clash against Feyenoord.

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The Red Devils were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 12 games of the new season.

United finished fifth and won the FA Cup last season.

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