MANCHESTER UNITED missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Liverpool after a 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Boxing Day.
Bruno Fernandes had looked to have stroked home the winner before Jamie Vardy pounced five minutes from time to see both sides share the points.
Leicester had twice come from behind to earn a draw after Marcus Rashford notched his 50th Premier League goal to put the away side ahead.
Harvey Barnes then hit back before half-time and Vardy’s late goal cancelled out Fernandes’ cool finish.
The result means United failed to leapfrog Leicester into second and remain a point behind Brendan Rodgers’ side – albeit with a game in hand.
Yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be ruing a succession of missed chances from his team that should have served as the perfect late Christmas present.
Rashford bounced back from spurning an early sitter to pounce upon a poked through ball from Fernandes to slot home.
But it was a rare mistake by United’s Portuguese maestro getting caught in possession that allowed Harvey Barnes to slam in the equaliser.
Anthony Martial thought he had restored United’s lead after racing clear to slot past Schmeichel only for the linesman’s flag to rule it out.
And Victor Lindelof the provided a fresh injury blow after limping off with a back problem as the Red Devils had to settle for a share of the points.
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