JOSE MOURINHO has been soccer’s Scrooge this Christmas – and Harry Maguire added to his festive foul temper.
The Particular One has been upset over fixture scheduling this yr however no less than appeared set for a win when Juan Mata’s double cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener.
Then Maguire struck deep in damage time so as to add to Mourinho’s issues.
Watching Manchester Metropolis storm clear by 13 factors has put a everlasting grimace on his face.
His workforce are refusing to 5 up, displaying some battle after going behind to Vardy’s 50th Prem aim.
However the sky blue ribbons for the Premier League trophy will get dusted off quickly sufficient – Metropolis look unbeatable and it certainly a matter of time earlier than they United concede defeat within the title race.
They might simply have received this recreation however fluffed huge probabilities when 2-1 forward.
United want their huge gamers again to their finest, identical to the beginning of the season when Romelu Lukaku was firing on all cylinders.
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The distinction between Vardy and Lukaku was a giant speaking level earlier than kick-off.
Lukaku has been accused of being a flat-track bully, scoring his aim towards the weaker groups – however Vardy saves his particular stuff for the large boys.
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His first top-flight aim got here towards them, as did his strike that smashed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s document of netting in 11 Prem video games in a row.
He notched his half-century yesterday with a cool end after United have been opened up with old style punt up subject.
Wilfred Ndidi hoofed it ahead into the precise space and his pacy team-mates have been there catch Mourinho’s facet dreadfully out of place.
Most United gamers have been up for a nook and Ndidi’s volley was allowed to bounce, Riyad Mahrez solely had Chris Smalling for firm.
Vardy was already yards forward of Phil Jones and sprang to life when Mahrez held up the ball and waited for his pal earlier than sending him via.
And Vardy did the remaining, slotting previous David De Gea for his second aim in 5 days after scoring towards Metropolis in midweek.
The dangerous recollections of the King Energy will need to have come flooding again for Mourinho.
It was at this floor the place his second spell at Chelsea fell aside and he ended up getting sacked.
He felt gamers “betrayed” him throughout that terrible night for the Particular One two years in the past.
However no person might accuse his United gamers of not placing a shift in for the Portuguese coach.
Regardless of the setback they clawed their approach again into the competition and ultimately acquired an equaliser.
Kasper Schmeichel had been doing his previous man Peter proud with some early saves, firstly tipping over from Jesse Lingard after an effort was deflected.
The United legend’s son additionally saved a fierce Paul Pogba drive – and it wanted one thing with exact accuracy to beat him.
It got here due to Mata’s end after some build-up play on the sting of the Foxes penalty space.
Anthony Martial ricocheted one into the field and Lingard laid it again to Mata.
The Spaniard had a Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan – a wall of blue – proper in entrance of him however squeezed his effort into the underside nook.
United appeared decided to shoot themselves within the foot earlier than the half-time whistle blew.
Maguire ought to actually have taken benefit when Marc Albrighton’s free-kick discovered him completely unmarked proper in entrance of aim – however his contact let him down.
Mourinho will need to have dished out a rollicking on the break for his facet’s stunning defending.
He definitely didn’t look a ray of sunshine when he emerged from the tunnel nicely earlier than his gamers acquired again on the pitch for the second half.
His temper wouldn’t have gotten any higher a United acquired lower open once more and have been fortunate to not concede.
This time Mahrez tormented Ashley Younger on the flank and crossed to search out Christian Fuchs completely unmarked.
It wanted Victor Lindelof to dam on the road to stop Claude Puel’s males going forward once more.
Mourinho wouldn’t have been happy with the ending on the different finish, seconds after the Fuchs likelihood.
This time Lukaku drilled a ball via for Martial, who lofted his end over the bar when he had loads of time to beat Schmeichel.
It wanted Mata’s second aim so as to add some Christmas cheer to Mourinho’s festive dangerous temper.
The Spaniard’s free-kick had unbelievable dip because it cleared the wall – but it surely was straight down the center of the aim and Schmeichel ought to have saved it.
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That didn’t matter to the visiting followers. “Park the bus, park the bus Man United,” they sang as a response to Metropolis gamers taunting them final week.
Lingard ought to have added further punishment when he was despatched via by Lukaku and went round Schmeichel– however he hit the put up with an open aim in entrance of him.
Daniel Amartey was on as a sub for 17 minutes and picked up two bookings.
The primary was for a foul on Younger, the second a cynical hack at Marcus Rashford.
However Maguire had the final phrase, sliding in on the far put up from Albrighton’s cross with virtually the final kick of the sport.