Leicester 2 – Man United 2
Manchester United may have conceded the title on Saturday.
In a match they needed to win away at Leicester, United let in a horror 94th minute goal to Harry Maguire as the game ended 2-2.
Man City were already in a strong position to win the title after their derby victory at Old Trafford. But United’s result at the King Power Stadium leaves them a huge 13 points off the Sky Blues at Christmas.
Surely that’s too wide a chasm to close.
Gary Neville blames Ander Herrera
Leicester’s second goal came about due to a series of mistakes in the Man United backline.
The central problem was that Chris Smalling was injured.
Smalling was hampered by a groin in jury in the final minutes of the game. However the defender was unable to be switched as Jose Mourinho had already used all three subs.
In a post match podcast for Sky Sports, Gary Neville criticised Smalling during these last moments of the game.
Neville accused Smalling of failing to apply common sense. It was obvious the defender was greatly restricted, so why didn’t he asked his team mates for more help.
Smalling was at fault for Maguire’s leveller as his inability to jump due to injury allowed the ball to land at the Leicester defender’s feet.
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But Neville also singled out Ander Herrera for criticism.
The talking head revealed that Herrera refused to play at right-back in the final stages against the Foxes. Not only that, Neville said Herrera ordered Henrikh Mkhitaryan to fill in in that position.
Herrera stands accused of disobeying orders and letting down his team mates.
Listen to the Gary Neville podcast below.