23 Dec Manchester United stunned as Harry Maguire pinches a point for Leicester
Manchester United will spend Christmas an eye-watering 13 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City after Harry Maguire secured Leicester a last-gasp draw.
Already reeling from their shock midweek Carabao Cup exit at Bristol City, the need for Jose Mourinho’s men to get back to winning ways was heightened by Pep Guardiola’s team racking up a 17th successive league win earlier in the day.
Juan Mata’s brace looked to have done just that as United responded to Jamie Vardy’s 50th Premier League goal, only for Maguire to strike at the death as 10-man Leicester secured a late 2-2 draw.
What they said
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “It was an easy match to win, but when you miss big chances in front of goal and not only that but also childish loss of possession then you are punished at the end.”Leicester boss Claude Puel: “It’s a good point with 10 men and with the scenario of the game. The players believed until the end that we could come back. There is room for improvement, but it feels like a good point.”
Tweet of the match
Statistic of the match
Jamie Vardy’s opener at the King Power Stadium was his 50th Premier League goal in 125 appearances and 21 of them (42 per cent) have come against ‘big six’ opposition.
Moment of the match
Harry Maguire’s 90th minute goal could have huge repercussions on the title race as United dropped two valuable points against 10-man Leicester at the King Power Stadium. The defender slid in at the far post to connect with Marc Albrighton’s cross – with Chris Smalling injured and unable to cut it out – to deny United a much-needed victory as they try to chase down Manchester City. It meant City, who beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday, extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 13 points.
Star man – Juan Mata
The midfielder scored just his second and third goals of the season which cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener to cap an industrious evening. Mata added quality to his effort in the middle to haul United back after they had fallen behind against the run of play in the first half. He will have an important role to play over the festive period as United look to, somehow, keep their title challenge alive.
Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel 7 (out of 10), Danny Simpson, 7 Wes Morgan 7, Harry Maguire 7, Christian Fuchs 7; Marc Albrighton 7, Vicente Iborra 7, Wilfred Ndidi 7, Demarai Gray 7; Riyad Mahrez 7, Jamie Vardy 7,
Substitutes: Daniel Amartey (for Simpson) 4, Shinji Okazaki (for Iborra) 6, Ben Chilwell (for Gray) 6.
Manchester United: David De Gea 6; Ashley Young 6, Phil Jones 5, Chris Smalling 6, Victor Lindelof 5; Nemanja Matic 7, Paul Pogba 7; Jesse Lingard 7, Juan Mata 8, Anthony Martial 7; Romelu Lukaku 6.
Substitutes: Marcus Rashford (for Martial) 6, Ander Herrera (for Lingard) 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Mata) 6.
Who’s up next?
Watford v Leicester (Premier League, Boxing Day)
Manchester United v Burnley (Premier League, Boxing Day)