Leicester City 2 – 2 Manchester United – Man United best of the rest, but it’s little consolation, Man United throw away two more points at Leicester, Juan Mata netted twice but the Red Devils were thwarted at the last by Harry Maguire’s 94th-minute equaliser.
In many ways it summed up Manchester United’s season so far. Stylish for short spells and looking in command for the most part but just not quite good enough when it came down to it. The 2-2 draw at Leicester City was their 2017-18 campaign in microcosm.
United have 42 points at the half-way mark and, in many another season, that would be enough to see them in contention for the Premier League title but not only is this a campaign like no other thanks to the exploits of Manchester City but they have also been their own worst enemy on occasion.
Harry Maguire has scored twice for Leicester this season. Jose Mourinho criticised Manchester United’s “childish” errors as his team fell further behind leaders Manchester City after conceding a 94th-minute equaliser from Harry Maguire at 10-man Leicester.
The Portuguese felt his side missed “joke chances” as they fell 13 points behind City – the biggest points gap between first and second place at Christmas in English top-flight history.
It was the second time in a week that United have conceded a goal in injury time, losing 2-1 to Championship side Bristol Cityin the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
United had looked set to take all three points after Juan Mata’s double had seen them recover from Jamie Vardy’s opener, while Foxes substitute Daniel Amartey was sent off for the home side 16 minutes and nine seconds after coming for two bookings in four minutes.
Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were particularly guilty of missing golden opportunities in the second half to put the game beyond Leicester.
Maguire caught the United defence out as they failed to deal with Marc Albrighton’s deep cross into the box, the England defender running past the injured Chris Smaling to side-foot the ball past David de Gea from close range.
Leicester City 2 – 2 Manchester United | English Premier League – Match Highlights
- 27′ 1 – 0 Jamie Vardy fires Leicester ahead! The Foxes take the lead against the run of play. Ndidi’s long ball forward catches United out at the back as Mahrez races through. Smalling does well to getback to stop the winger firing at goal, but he cannot prevent the offload to Vardy, who coasts in unmarked. The striker holds his composure and slots a left-footed strike past De Gea into the bottom corner. Mahrez races after the loose ball and holds his composure to tee up Vardy for the strike.
40′ 1 – 1 Juan Mata levels delicately done. Leicester’s team goal was good, so was this from Manchester United. Paul Pogba passes the ball off to fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial down the left, who in turn plays it into the feet of Jesse Lingard in the box. The United man has his back to goal, so pops it off toJuan Mata. Can the Spaniard smash a shot home? No, there are defenders around, so he calmly rolls a low, finish into the net past Kasper Schmeichel’s reach.
60′ 1 – 2 Juan Mata doubles, this first one was delicious and is delightful as Juan Mata steps up to take the free-kick from the edge of the box and curls it over the wall and into the roof of the net. Question marks over Kasper Schmeichel’s goalkeeping there, it went in the middle of the goal, not sure what he was doing. Dad Peter will be having words after the game.
73′ 1 – 2 [Red Card] Daniel Amartey playing as a substitute is sent off. Already on a yellow card, he barges Marcus Rashford off the ball and referee Jon Moss issues a second yellow and red card. Mad challenge. He was only on the field for 17 minutes after coming on for the injured Danny Simpson.
90+4′ 2 – 2 Harry Maguire brings the leveller!! Late time drama at the King Power! United fail to deal with Marc Albrighton’s cross deep into the six yard box, David de Gea stays on his line, Chris Smalling cannot move as he is injured and in comesHarry Maguirefrom behind to coolly slot in a finish low into the net.
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