Carlo Ancelloti’s Everton repeated the comeback heroics of 9 years ago coming from 2 goals down to salvage a draw. In 2012 the toffees were 4-2 down and drew 4-4 at Old Trafford to dent United’s title ambitions ironically against Man City.
Goals from Cavani, losing his marker Mike Keane,to head freely past Olsen and a goal out of the top drawer from United playmaker Bruno Fernandes put the home side in a commanding and dominant lead at half time. However, the Red Devils had lost midfield cog Paul Pogba to injury 7 minutes before the break, replaced by Fred.This proved crucial because Everton came out of the dressing rooms the better team. They scored twice within 7 minutes after half time to put the cat amongst the pigeons so to speak.Doucoure capitalised on an inexplicable error in judgement by De Gea who parried a cross directly into the frenchman’s path to stab home. James Rodriguez latching onto a loose ball to blast past De Gea with the United defense static.A McTominay header found a way past Olsen in the Everton goal,who seemed to unfortunately slip whilst attempting to get to the ball. United from there seemed to be in cruise control with the minutes ticking towards the 90. But Everton would have the last laugh. With 94 minutes on the clock, sub Tuanzebe conceded a free kick on United’s right flank. The Digne free kick cross found an Everton head, with the ball loose in the box Dominic Calvert-Lewin latched on it to score past an indecisive De Gea. I say indecisive because he didn’t know whether to come out of his goal to thwart the Everton striker or stay on his line which he ultimately did with fatal consequences to his side.
Now I rarely single out a player for criticism as soccer is a team sport but De Gea I must say cost United 2 points here. Ole has a decision to make about who his number 1 should be here. De Gea has made elementary errors which have directly led to goals and loss of points in 2 of the last 3 home games.An unstable ,error prone keeper can destabilize the whole back 4. If I was the manager I would drop De Gea and put Henderson as my number 1 for anything just to get a response from the Spaniard who has been too comfortable in his own skin for a number of years.