Manchester United will be sore about their 2-2 draw with Leicester for quite a while.
The Red Devils looked all set to take home three points after Juan Mata was able to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s early strike with two well-placed goals. However, that was simply not to be, as Harry Maguire scored in the last minute to the relief of the King Power Stadium.
In the minutes leading up to the equalizer, Chris Smalling picked up a groin injury and was in visible discomfort, and it was his inability to perfectly mark the goalscorer that led to the unfortunate incident.
However, all of it could have been avoided if one player had cooperated, and his alleged refusal to do so has fans fuming.
Ander Herrera was Jose Mourinho’s final substitute, and was brought on in place of Jesse Lingard with the hope of seeing the match through.
But when Smalling started showing signs of discomfort, Phil Jones decided to reshuffle the defense for the dying moments of the game, and as per Gary Neville, what Herrera did was astonishing.
Tweeting about it, the United legend revealed: “Ander Herrera refused to go to right-back and told Henrikh Mkhitaryan to go back there. You can’t believe the disorganization and lack of leadership shown by Manchester United at the end of that game in a game they should have won.”
Needless to say, fans weren’t the least bit happy with the incident, and decided to storm to twitter to blame the Spaniard.
If Herrera did refuse to go to right back for the final few minutes he should be gone in the coming window.
— Jonathan (@Vulture9) December 23, 2017
Why didn't Jones tell Smalling to f–k off to the right wing out of the way, bring Lindelof in and drag someone alongside him? We have no leaders on that pitch. If, as Neville claimed Herrera refused to play rb he wants selling. No heart in this lot.
— John Ludden (@Johnludds) December 23, 2017
— Deadwood 'Park the Bus' FC (@whentheseaguIIs) December 24, 2017
If this is true about Herrera saying NO about going RB then he can go in January for me. Selfish act. Not good enough.
— Phil Palethorpe (@PhilPaley86) December 24, 2017
Many even felt that the decision warranted a transfer away from the club in January, which regardless of the enormity of his refusal, does seem to be a tad bit too much.
Instead, the antic was a sad reminder that Herrera this season has been a mere shadow of the player that secured the Matt Busby Player of the Year award in the previous campaign.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.