Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has backed Jordan Pickford, after the goalkeeper was at fault for Manchester United ’s equalising goal in their 1-1 draw .
The 25-year-old was caught out of position when Bruno Fernandes drilled a long-range strike past him in the 31st minute.
He did go on to make some crucial saves as both sides chased a winner, including an excellent double-stop in the 90th minute.
Speaking after the game about Pickford’s display, Ancelotti claimed his error summed up “the life of the goalkeeper”.
"He did well,” the Italian insisted. “I don't want to judge individual performances. He tried to do his best – sometimes it was good and sometimes he could do better, but this is the life of the goalkeeper."
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Pickford later acknowledged his mistake and claimed that Everton should have gone on to earn all three points from the match.
“I was half a yard out of position and that’s the difference in football,” he admitted.
“I’m a passionate lad and I hate the ball going into the back of the net, so I was happy with the saves that I made.
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“The dressing room is deflated, I know Manchester United are a top side, but we felt we deserved the three points.
“We know that we are capable of doing against the big sides, and are disappointed not to get the three points, but it was a good performance."
Pundit Roy Keane, however, slammed Pickford's performance , claiming the England number one is “not a good goalkeeper”.
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“The bottom line with Pickford, I'm not joking ya!” he said while covering the game for Sky Sports. “I don't need to see those stats.
“I know he's not a good goalkeeper. We said it before the game, he's not up to it.
“You talk about Everton making progress as a football club…”
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