Manchester United’s faint hopes of catching league-leaders Manchester City are now all but over following their 2-2 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.
Jose Mourinho’s side were on course to secure all three points after taking a 2-1 lead thanks to a brace from Juan Mata, who cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first-half opener.
However, a dramatic equaliser from Harry Maguire in the fourth minute of stoppage time denied United two precious points.
The Red Devils now find themselves 13 points behind City, who hammered Bournemouth 4-0 earlier in the day.
Former United captain Gary Neville, however, couldn’t believe what he witnessed in the closing stages of the match.
Neville spotted what Ander Herrera did
Chris Smalling had picked up a knock but stayed on the pitch because Mourinho had already used all three substitutions.
Phil Jones took it upon himself to reorganise the team, telling Victor Lindelof to move to centre-back from right-back.
The England international then, according to Neville on commentary, asked Ander Herrera to fill in at right-back but was snubbed by the Spanish midfielder.
“Herrera’s overruled him,” Neville said in the 90th minute. “Yeah, Herrera said ‘I’m not going to right-back’, that is interesting.”
United fans slam Herrera on Twitter
United fans couldn’t believe what they’d just heard and took to social media to blast the former Athletic Bilbao star.
Check out the tweets…
Neville, presumably in reference to the shambolic scenes at the end of the match, then tweeted...
If it’s true that Herrera refused to cover at right-back then you can understand why United fans are so angry.
Mourinho blasts 'childish' players after 2-2 draw
Mourinho wasn’t asked specifically about Herrera after the match, but the Portuguese coach blasted his players as “childish” for their failure to adjust following Smalling’s injury.
"Smalling was injured, they move Maguire to be an extra striker,” he was quoted as saying by reporters, “we couldn't react to that in our box. It was childish."
Mourinho also told Sky Sports: “We didn’t win because we missed incredible chances. I would say joke chances.
“We made a big defensive accumulation of mistakes in an easy match to win. I talked to the players at half time when it was 1-1 that it was an easy match to win.
“The reality is that it is 2-2. Sometimes you make mistakes and are not punished by that.”