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Everton 1-1 Man Utd: Full player ratings as De Gea and Pickford add to clanger collections

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:09, 1 March 2020

Everton and Manchester United played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The game saw the good, bad and ugly from both goalkeepers who came in for heavy criticism by Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane following their involvement in the respective goals scored on Merseyside.

However, they did manage to redeem themselves by pulling off a number of key saves, but those ahead of them couldn’t decide the contest, with the Toffees having a late winner chalked off for offside.

Here’s how the players rated at Goodison Park:

Everton

Jordan Pickford – 6 – He will be kicking himself. Bruno Fernandes’ speculative howitzer from distance shouldn’t have squeezed underneath him. Redeemed himself in the 90th minute by pulling off a spectacular save to deny Odion Ighalo.

Séamus Coleman – 6 – A pity for the veteran full-back who picked up a knock before the half hour mark. Hadn’t put a foot wrong when he was on the pitch.

Michael Keane – 6 – ManUnited never really had a period of sustained pressure on Everton’s goal but whenever they did approach Keane made sure to be in the right place.

Mason Holgate – 7 – The more comfortable Everton centre-back in possession completed 85% of his passes, which also proved to be the best among those who started the game in a blue jersey.

Leighton Baines – 7 – Rolled back the years with the amount of times he kept marauding down Everton’s left flank and crossing into the box. Made an crucial interception late on to prevent Ighalo having an attempt on goal.

Theo Walcott – 6 – A spectator for much of the hour he was on the pitch. The midfielder was guilty of needlessly giving away possession and putting his team under threat.

André Gomes – 6 – Back playing at home after sustaining a serious ankle injury last November against Spurs. He was a bit sluggish – as you would expect – but the fact he’s back this soon is an encouraging sign.

Tom Davies – 6 – Struggled to get into the game and touched the ball fewer times (19) than any of the Everton players who started at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Gylfi Sigurðsson – 6 – Stationed out on the left flank, inside a 4-4-2, which determined his influence in open play as the Icelandic playmaker is best when operating more centrally. He did, though, come near to scoring from a free-kick. However, late on he was caught lying in an offside position which meant what would have been an Everton winner was ruled out.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 8 – Riding on the crest of a wave, Calvert-Lewin scored early last time out at Arsenal, and his desire to close down a De Gea kick inside the opening five minutes was rewarded when the goalkeeper’s clearance flew into the net.

Richarlison – 6 – Took what looked to be a serious knock in the first half, but it proved to be nothing major. Unfortunately for the Toffees, he wasn’t unable to convert one of his three shots on Man United‘s goal.

Substitutes:

Djibril Sidibé (for Coleman 28) – 6 – Came on for the injured Coleman and nearly went off after it seemed he caused himself some damage after hitting an advertisement board.

Bernard (for Walcott 66) – 5 – Didn’t have enough time to impose himself on this contest.

Moise Kean (for Gomes 82) – N/A – A late sub.

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Man Utd

David de Gea – 6 – A nightmare start for the Spanish goalkeeper, his kick in the third minute was closed down by the eager Calvert-Lewin, and unfortunately for him it found its way into the net. He did, however, make amends moments later by expertly saving from Calvert-Lewin but the damage had been done.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6 – Wasn’t his usual tackling self and played conservatively as he rarely made runs beyond Man United‘s wide men.

Victor Lindelöf – 6 – Gave a couple of fouls away, but often got the better of Calvert-Lewin.

Harry Maguire – 8 – The defender is growing in his newfound status as Man United‘s leader, took command of their backline and reacted positively after De Gea’s error put them on the backfoot, notably winning four aerial duels.

Luke Shaw – 6 –Retained an adventurous streak throughout. A while ago it looked like his place was under threat, but Shaw is regaining the confidence that previously helped establish him as one of the league’s top left-backs.

Scott McTominay – 6 – Starting his first Premier League game since Boxing Day, the Scottish international kept the ball moving and provided that dynamism that Man United‘s midfield has been missing in recent weeks.

Nemanja Matić – 7 – Unlucky to have not equalised immediately for the Red Devils when his shot hit the crossbar. He had another attempt on goal via a rasping strike from just outside the penalty area, but Pickford was equal to it.

Fred – 7 – Seamlessly moved across Man United‘s midfield line and was often the link between their attack and defence. He’s improved tremendously this season and Sunday showed why he’s now among the first names on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team sheet.

Bruno Fernandes – 8 – His first Man United goal from open play was a trademark long-range effort. Since joining from Sporting Portugal last month he’s become the spark Solskjaer‘s team have desperately lacked for most of the campaign.

Mason Greenwood – 6 – Certainly enthusiastic after being handed this rare Premier League start. His decision-making, though, left a lot to be desired but it’s a reminder that he’s still a teen and has plenty of time to improve.

Anthony Martial – 6 – Often criticised for dropping in and out of games, Martial made himself available whenever Man United had the ball and produced two shots on goal, but couldn’t add to his recent hot streak in front of goal.

Substitutes:

Odion Ighalo (for Greenwood 72) – 6 – The Nigerian thought he had won the game in the 90th minute, but Pickford had other ideas.

Juan Mata (for McTominay 72) – 5 – Neat and tidy in possession during the closing stages.

Brandon Williams (for Martial 89) – N/A – A late sub with no time to make any kind of mark on the game.

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