Leicester 2 – Man United 2
Until the final moments of second half injury time it looked like Juan Mata would be stealing the headlines.
Man United’s Spanish midfielder popped up with a brace on Saturday the King Power Stadium.
Jesse Lingard set up Mata for United’s leveller after Jamie Vardy opened for the Foxes.
Mata scored a brilliant second for the Red Devils after the break, curling a free-kick into the top corner of the net.
But Leicester claimed a point at the death when Harry Maguire volleyed home at the back post.
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Juan Mata’s goal celebration explained
After Mata scored his second at Leicester he displayed an eye-catching goal celebration.
Mata ran up to the camera and produced the namaste gesture.
On Sunday French paper L’Equipe have revealed what Mata’s celebration was all about.
L’Equipe reported that Mata “kept his promise” to children who are part of the Oscar Foundation in Bombay, India.
The midfielder had promised to dedicate a goal to them, which he did against Leicester. After the match Mata explained as follows:
For the first goal, I didn’t do it because we needed another goal but, for the second one, I thought about them and this goal was dedicated to those kids in Mumbai.
We didn’t kill the game and we should have killed it – it’s easy to say now. If we won, we would have been saying it was a fantastic game and we came back and did the most difficult thing which was to score twice after they went ahead.
But that’s football and in the last seconds they put the ball into the box and scored.
Man United vs Burnley
Man United return to action in midweek when Burnley visit Old Trafford.
Last season Burnley recorded a memorable 0-0 draw against the Red Devils as Tom Heaton was in inspired form.
Burnley will come into the game off the back of a 3-0 bashing against Spurs.