Manchester United had to contend with a single point as Everton’s defiant performance kept up the 1-1 scoreline.
David De Gea’s mistake early in the 3rd minute ensured that Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s apt positioning led to a goal being scored. Later in the first half, it was Jordan Pickford who was a bit too lazy, giving way to Bruno Fernandes’ clever shot from outside the box as United equalized.
Controversial late drama nearly gave Everton the win but VAR ruled the injury-time deflection of Harry Maguire from Calvert-Lewin to be offside, maintaining the 1-1 scoreline.
However, much ado was raised over De Gea’s mistake, which has in retrospect made all the difference in the game as the other good attempts from Everton were deftly stopped by the Spaniard and his backline.
Arguably the most explosive criticism of De Gea came from Roy Keane who didn’t mince words in addressing the error, stating (via Sky Sports): “I’d kill him. He takes way too long. What are you doing? These are huge moments for top 4. It’s a bit of arrogance to it. I would’ve lynched him at half time.”
While Keane’s statement is clearly an overreaction, there’s simply no reducing the ambit of De Gea’s mistake.
This isn’t the first time this campaign that the keeper has made such a high-profile fumble wherein the goal conceded made all the difference.
In fact, the clear impact can be seen in the Premier League standings with United still in fifth place, now three points shy of fourth-place Chelsea.
Further still, the Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers match ending 2-3 in favor of the Wolves has also ensured Wolves are now tied with the Red Devils at 42 points, vying for that all-important Champions League spot, separated only by goal difference.
Will De Gea’s error come back to haunt United at the end of the season?