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Chris Smalling And Ander Herrera Blasted For ‘Lack Of Leadership’

Manchester United's defender Chris Smalling (L) and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera applaud their fans at the end of their UEFA Europa League semi final first leg football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Manchester United FC at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 4, 2017. Manchester won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

A calamitous display from Manchester United at the tail end of their game against Leicester cost them a win.

United’s ever-fleeting hopes of staying in the Premier League title race were dealt a fatal blow at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night. Having fallen behind to a first half goal from Jamie Vardy, a Juan Mata brace looked to have set the Red Devils up for a seventh win in eight league games.

Not for the first time this season, United rested on their laurels, and instead to truly attempting to finish the game off, they sat back and wasted chances when they did get forward.

Harry Maguire made them pay with the last kick of the game.

Speaking on his self-titled podcast, Sky Sports’ Gary Neville highlighted the atrocious organisation on display in defence, with Smalling, beaten to the ball by Maguire, coming in for criticism.

“Smalling has got to flag up as an experienced defender that he’s struggling, get someone else into the centre,” the club legend stated. “It didn’t happen for two or three minutes.”

“Then Phil Jones recognised it had happened and tried to reorganise – as I saw it, Ander Herrera refused to go to right-back and told Henrik Mkhitaryan to go back there. All over a sudden Smalling sits down on the floor and then goes off the pitch and then comes back on at centre-back. He ends up picking up Harry Maguire.

“You can’t believe the disorganisation and lack of leadership shown by Manchester United at the end of that game in a game they should have won. Jose will be furious when he watches that back.”

Herrera also had a run-in with teammate Romelu Lukaku, when, in opting to stay out of defence, shirked a run while attacking.

Mourinho was indeed furious after the game, labelling the performance of some players “childish”. United next host Burnley on Boxing Day.

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