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Manchester United’s Champions League hopes are over and a long two months lie ahead, says Gary Neville

Manchester United’s Champions League hopes are over and a long two months lie ahead, says Gary Neville

A lacklustre Manchester United needed a goal by midfielder Fred to salvage an unconvincing 1-1 Premier League draw with Leicester City at Old Trafford; Gary Neville: “It’s going to be difficult in their remaining eight matches if they continue in that vein of form. It was so flat”

Gary Neville

Gary Neville believes Manchester United’s tepid draw with Leicester signalled an end to their flickering hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Neville – in the commentary box for a 1-1 draw which kept United in sixth – says his old club would like to get to the end of the season as swiftly as possible but their forthcoming fixtures mean they will not be able to go “under the radar” – with games against Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea ensuring there is no hiding place for Ralf Rangnick’s beleaguered side.

Kelechi Iheanacho put the visitors ahead on the day, nodding an inch-perfect James Maddison cross past David de Gea after Fred was dispossessed on a United counter-attack.

Fred levelled three minutes later after Leicester failed to clear the ball, Bruno Fernandes shooting from the edge of the box and the Brazilian directing home the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel pushed it out.

Maddison had a late goal ruled out for a foul on Raphael Varane, while on another day Scott McTominay might have seen red rather than yellow for catching the Leicester playmaker with a high lunge.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers:

“Raphael Varane has used his experience, he gets the contact and goes down. There were opportunities for them to clear it but we were deserving of that. Every week we are seeing this types of actions, we felt we deserved to win the game.”

Former Leicester striker Emile Heskey:

“In real time, I thought it was great play by Iheanacho, he held the ball up well and I thought Varane just slipped. Maddison showed composure to finish, but after seeing the replays you can see Iheanacho pulls his leg out and it is a foul.”

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