Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has singled out Paddy McNair for a mistake in the 1-1 draw with Leicester City, Express reports.
The 20-year-old was selected in the starting 11 to play alongside Chris Smalling the heart of defence, but was criticised by his manager when his error in judgement almost cost United another goal.
Van Gaal admitted that his side were in more control during the second half of the match, but with McNair trying too much to score a goal, Foxes star Jamie Vardy almost capitalized on the opportunity.
“In the first half, we didn’t dominate as much as we did in the second half,” he said.
“So, in the second half, I was waiting on our goal but it didn’t come.
“They also had a good chance; we gave the ball away because McNair thought he was a striker at that moment and then the channels were open and they could run them.”
Despite United having the best defensive record in the Premier League this term, they have so far been struggling to find the back of the net.
Following the draw at the weekend, Leicester are now level on points with league leaders Manchester City as the Red Devils trail behind by just a point.
United now host West Ham United in their next round of domestic matches while the Foxes travel to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.