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Jose Mourinho reveals what he told Ashley Young before Leicester City equalised

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Manchester United may have put the final nail in their coffin in the Premier League title race.

Jose Mourinho's side surrendered a 2-1 lead against 10-man Leicester City in the final seconds last night, with Harry Maguire's neat finish earning the hosts a point.

Juan Mata had earlier scored a fine brace for United after Jamie Vardy opened the scoring, but when substitute Daniel Amartey was sent off for receiving two yellow cards it seemed like the points were in the bag.

The result means Manchester City are now a massive 13 points clear at the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season, looking like they're going to romp to a third Premier League crown.

United also crucially missed the chance to extend the gap back to third-placed Chelsea after their 0-0 draw with Everton, as well as Arsenal and Liverpool as they drew 3-3 on Friday night.

It was a hugely frustrating night for Mourinho, who watched his team miss key chances to wrap the game up before Leicester scored.

Chris Smalling's injury proved crucial late on, as he was unable to stop Marc Albrighton's cross from reaching Maguire, with United having used all three substitutes.

And Mourinho was understandably furious with his other players after the match, and blamed his senior players' immaturity in not being able to see the win out.

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The Portuguese said he tried to get a message across to his players through Ashley Young when Smalling was quite clearly injured, but they didn't listen to his instructions.

"I had the chance to speak with Ashley Young and to tell him the way the team had to be in position because of Smalling difficulty," he said in his post-match press conference.

"But I think lack of maturity because I cannot stop the game and to give a team talk for the last two minutes.

"The players inside they have immediately to adapt and to read the game, which they didn’t."

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Mourinho was then asked if he had got his message across to all of his players, and he confirmed that he only spoke to Young about it.

He said that he expects his players to be more aware in such a situation, and that they made 'childish decisions'.

"You know some players they have childish decisions and time helps them to have maturity and to decide better," he continued.

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"But some other players they stay with childish decisions until the end of their career. It depends on what is inside [points at head], and depends on the way they learn and they don’t learn."

Unfortunately for Mourinho and United, it looks as though those mistakes that he spoke about have left City in an unassailable position at the top of the league before Christmas.

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