Jose Mourinho slammed the maturity of his own players after Manchester United threw away a lead against Leicester City in a 2-2 draw.
“And then in the end, no maturity,” Mourinho lambasted after the game to Sky Sports.
“Smalling was in trouble and he comes out the game. In the last minute, they put [Harry] Maguire as an extra man, and the players on the pitch, they can’t react to that, analyse the game and make an adjustment.
Speaking about Leicester’s first goal, scored by Jamie Vardy, Mourinho said, “the midfield players didn’t control the space between the lines. Jones had to jump into an area that is not his and then the ball goes to the side and then, of course, it’s difficult to recover that space.
“Childish in their box, childish in our box. Mistakes plus mistakes.”
It’s not a harsh criticism from Mourinho, it’s a deserved one. It’s not throwing the players under the bus, it’s necessary after some terrible displays of decision-making from United’s players.
With Smalling struggling and no substitutes remaining, United’s players didn’t cover for the Englishman.
Marcus Rashford had the opportunity to break, but held the ball up instead. Others like Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard missed very simple chances while there were stupid decisions in midfield that let Leicester regain possession.
Mourinho is right to point out the role of the midfielders in Leicester’s first goal, which was a collection of errors. Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof didn’t get back quick enough, but similarly, the midfielders’ poor play forced Jones to step up, as Mourinho pointed out.