Manchester United were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal, with Harry Maguire’s last-gasp equaliser earning ten-man Leicester City a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
José Mourinho made three changes to the side that beat West Brom last weekend, with Victor Lindelöf slotting in at right-back, Paul Pogba returning to Premier League action and Anthony Martial replacing Marcus Rashford on the left wing.
Despite starting decently, it was Claude Puel’s side that struck the first blow, as Jamie Vardy finished off a trademark Leicester counter with a solid finish after some admittedly poor defending from the Reds.
However, the lead wouldn’t last long, as the excellent Juan Mata equalised with a low, drilled finish after being set up by a nice little lay-off by Jesse Lingard. With the game finely in the balance, there was a sense that United would go on to take control of the game in the second half.
And United went ahead on the hour mark through a wonderful free-kick by Mata, with the Spaniard flighting the ball past a diving Kasper Schmeichel and sending the boisterous away support into wild celebrations.
The Reds then should have killed off the contest, but then proceeded to squander a number of clear cut chances. Martial blazed over after being played through by Romelu Lukaku, Lingard hit the base of the post after being played through again by Lukaku and Marcus Rashford inexplicably decided to round Schmeichel instead of squaring it to an unmarked Lukaku.
All that happened with Leicester down to ten men, as substitute Daniel Amartey got himself sent within 17 minutes after earning himself two yellows in quick succession for some brainless fouls.
Those missed chances would come back to haunt United, as Maguire equalised with the last kick of the game, steering the ball past David de Gea after being found by Marc Albrighton at the far post.
Here are the United player ratings on a frustrating night:
David de Gea - 5
Nothing he could have done to prevent Jamie Vardy’s opener, but perhaps he could have covered the angle a bit better for Leicester’s equaliser.
Victor Lindelof - 6
Alright performance at right-back, although shaky at times. Could have done better tracking Vardy’s run for the opener. Good block to deny Christian Fuchs in the second half.
Phil Jones - 6
Completely switched off as Vardy burst into the final third for Leicester’s opener, but recovered well and defended stoutly in the final stages.
Chris Smalling - 5
Let down by his fellow defenders for the opener, but completely lost Maguire for the equaliser, having tweaked his groin earlier. Still doesn’t excuse the terrible defending.
Ashley Young - 5
Run ragged by Riyad Mahrez and caught well out of position for the Leicester opener, failing to spot Mahrez’s run.
Nemanja Matic - 5
Other than sparking the Leicester opener with a poor pass in the final third that left him out of position, a relatively average performance.
Paul Pogba - 6
Overdid it with the long shots but played well in the second half, sparking several counter attacks. But his leadership went missing when United needed to reorganise in the final minutes.
Juan Mata - 8
On it from the start and was slick and incisive. Took both of his goals brilliantly and should be let down by the rest of his side’s toothlessness.
Jesse Lingard - 6
Provided a fine lay-off for Mata’s equaliser and troubled the Leicester defence often with his movement, but should have killed the game off when faced with a gaping net.
Anthony Martial - 5
Saw plenty of the ball but his decision making left a lot to be desired, often running into cul-de-sacs. Also missed a gilt-edged chance when played through on goal in the second half.
Romelu Lukaku - 7
Another player who will be let down by his side’s wastefulness. Despite not getting the service to trouble Kasper Schmeichel, his hold-up play was superb and the Belgian created several clear-cut chances, all of which should have been put away.
Marcus Rashford (3) – Displayed comical decision-making. Decided to round the keeper when it would have been easier to square to an unmarked Lukaku, then proceeded to hold the ball when it would have been ideal to play Lukaku in. Diabolical substitute appearance.
Ander Herrera (3) – Another player culpable of a poor substitute appearance. Also refused to fill in at right-back when asked to reorganise in the wake of Smalling’s injury in the final minutes, which arguably contributed to Leicester equalising.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (5) – Got into a decent position once but decided to square it instead of shooting. Story of United’s night.