Everton 1-1 Man Utd: 5 talking points as goalkeeper errors see spoils shared

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Everton 1-1 Man Utd: 5 talking points as goalkeeper errors see spoils shared


Everton and Manchester United shared the spoils at Goodison Park - thanks largely to howlers from both goalkeepers. Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired the Toffees into an early lead after David de Gea took an age over his clearance, allowing the striker to close him down and ricochet the ball into the net. But attentions quickly turned to De Gea's opposite number Jordan Pickford as the England goalkeeper allowed Bruno Fernandes' long-range effort to squirm under his body. Neither side could find a winner after the break, despite Everton having the ball in the net in stoppage time only to see the goal ruled out for offside by VAR, as their respective European ambitions took a hit on Merseyside. Here are five talking points from Goodison Park... 1. De Gea in a nutshell De Gea apologises after his error gifted Everton an early lead (Image: REUTERS) As Brilliant as David de Gea has been for Manchester United - he has always had a howler in him. And thus Everton's opener here was no massive surprise as the Spaniard dropped his latest clanger. De Gea took an age to clear the ball and by the time he'd decided to launch it long, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had closed him down and the ball cannoned off the striker into the back of the net. Just a couple of minutes later, Calvert-Lewin raced through one-on-one and De Gea produced a sublime stop to deny him by tipping it around the post. David de Gea in a nutshell. But the errors he has become synonymous with mean he will surely never be considered in the same bracket as Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford. Dean Henderson, anyone? 2. Pickford's error in front of Southgate Pickford allowed Fernandes' long-range effort to squirm under him (Image: PA) Speaking of error-prone goalkeepers. Jordan Pickford was given the chance to impress in front of Gareth Southgate at Goodison - but the England boss will have left wondering whether he needs to change his No.1 before the summer. This was far from Pickford's first mistake this term as he allowed Bruno Fernandes' long-range effort to squirm under his body for United's first-half leveller. But he did produce a brilliant double stop late on to deny Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo. Pickford was a huge part of the England side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 - but is far from assured of his spot for the Euros. Dean Henderson, anyone? 3. Fernandes impact clear Fernandes celebrates his goal (Image: Getty Images) Bruno Fernandes' impact on Manchester United must have the Old Trafford hierarchy scratching their heads as to why they didn't pull out all the stops to sign him in the summer. Yes - he got a big helping hand from Jordan Pickford on his goal here - but United look considerably more threatening going forward with him in their ranks. It was the third successive game that Fernandes has either scored or assisted in - and the 19th time this term for both United and Sporting Lisbon he has been directly involved in a goal across 21 league appearances. His radar was a little wayward after the break as he tried a couple more long-distance efforts, but he is already so important to this United side. 4. Calvert-Lewin continues to flourish Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal (Image: Everton FC via Getty Images) Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his hot run of form and the onlooking Gareth Southgate can't have failed to have been impressed. Again, his goal came with a slice of luck, but he had to show the determination and turn of pace to be in the position to close the ball down and score. It wasn't just his goal that caught the eye, consistently stretching the United backline and posing a threat throughout. With Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford unlikely to be firing on all cylinders when Euro 2020 begins given their lengthy injury lay-offs, could Southgate take a gamble on Calvert-Lewin? 5. Chance missed for both sides Both sides missed the chance to enhance their chances of qualifying for Europe (Image: Getty Images) The European picture seems to be changing every day. This was a brilliant chance for United to close to within just a point of fourth-placed Chelsea while Everton could have jumped to ninth and within a point of Spurs in seventh given their defeat to Wolves . It was Nuno's men who were the big winners on Sunday courtesy of that victory, themselves going level on points with United and within three of Chelsea. The race for European football is going to go down to the wire... whatever the outcome of Manchester City's appeal against their two-year ban.

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