Jose Mourinho accused his players of being “childish” after Manchester United conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to draw with 10-man Leicester. Harry Maguire made it 2-2 in the fourth minute of injury time at the King Power Stadium after two goals from Juan Mata had cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener for Leicester, who had substitute Daniel Amartey sent off after 73 minutes.
Mourinho was particularly unhappy at his team missing what he called “joke” chances to kill the game. He was also left frustrated after his players failed to reorganise themselves following an injury to Chris Smalling in the closing stages.
It was Smalling, barely able to move because of a groin problem, who got caught under the ball at the back post allowing Maguire to score. Mourinho said: “We did everything to win but we lost big chances in front of the goal and not just big chances, also possession moments. I would say childish lost possession.
“In the end, no maturity because Smalling was in trouble, he comes out of the game, they put Maguire as an extra man but the players on the pitch cannot react and analyse the game and make a quick adjustment. “So I think childish in our box and childish in their box. We were punished by our mistakes and what more can I say?”
Mourinho described the game as “an easy match to win” but saw his team lose more ground in the title race and fall 13 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat Bournemouth 4-0 earlier in the day. Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all had golden opportunities to make it 3-1 before Maguire struck with almost the last kick of the game.