Manchester United conceded a last minute goal for the second game in a row to surrender the lead at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City to draw 2-2 despite being up against ten men.
A frustrating and disappointing result for the reds considering the chances squandered by the United players as the continued lack of composure quality and maturity in the play of the Old Trafford team haunted them yet again.
Here are five things we learnt from the game in Leicester:
Juan Mata shows his class
A player who probably should be playing more for United is Juan Mata and in this game he showcased exactly why that is.
The lack of composure upfront for Mourinho’s men is constantly evident in games this season and last season, one player who has that composure is Juan Mata who’s goals highlighted that composure in front of goal.
A controlled performance from the Spaniard who was the best player for United on the night and was the only attacking player to show any real composure in the final third.
Manchester United bottle it in the last minute, again
For the second game in a row the reds conceded a goal in the last minute, a lack of focus, maturity and basic quality has cost Mourinho’s side again.
Poor finishing meant the away side could not extend their lead to put the game beyond doubt, then falling to deep into their own box inviting pressure from the opposition lead to them conceding the equaliser, as well as a lack of quality and focus at the back.
A last minute goal that has seen Manchester City stretch their lead to 13 points ahead of their red neighbours, the title race is well and truly over now.
New full backs are needed at Old Trafford
The injury to United’s right back Antonio Valencia has thrown the balance of the side into turmoil, with no able stand in up to the job United are left playing a centre back in the position against Leicester, there is simply no able deputy at right back.
As far as left back goes it is hard to claim that United even have one with Luke Shaw unable to get a game. A full back reshuffle is desperately needed.
Mahrez stands out for Leicester
Without a doubt the stand out player for Leicester was Riyad Mahrez, his pace and vision was a constant threat to the away side throughout the game.
The Algerian winger grabbed an assist and showcased his undoubted qualities as he continues his upturn in form under the management of Claude Puel.
Claude Puel’s impressive start to life at Leicester continues
There were a lot of question marks over the appointment of Claude Puel when he replaced Craig Shakespeare but the former Southampton manager has guided the Foxes to 8th place and sitting well clear in the top half of the table.
The marked improvement in Leicester’s play style also cannot be understated with the side showing those qualities that made them so dangerous in the title winning season, they went toe to toe with United and got their reward for that positivity.
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