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Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville agreed on who was to blame after Manchester United conceded a last-ditch equaliser against Everton. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side blew the chance to go level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City as they were held 3-3 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils went into injury time leading 3-2 and on course for a win that would have kept up the pressure on rivals City.
But Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired home in the dying seconds after Axel Tuanzebe conceded a free-kick that was launched into the United penalty area.
Solskjaer’s side had been 2-0 up by half-time, with goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes having put them in a commanding position.
But Everton were level within seven minutes of the restart, with Abdoulaye Doucoure tapping home after De Gea palmed out a cross, before James Rodriguez levelled the score.
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Scott McTominay restored United’s lead, but the hosts couldn’t hold onto it and Calvert-Lewin secured a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
And Sky Sports pundits Redknapp and Neville pinned the blame for the last-gasp equaliser on Red Devils keeper De Gea.
Discussing United’s defending of the crucial set-piece Redknapp said: “David De Gea as a goalkeeper has got to go out there and take everything – he’s got to be brave, assess the situation.
“Because if he comes out with some authority I’ve got no doubt at all that he’d win this, smother it.
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“He doesn’t come and believe he’s going to make that challenge. He was at fault for the first goal and certainly at fault there.”
Neville agreed, saying: “David de Gea, there, at the end. He doesn’t even come in line with the ball.
“I think you want goalkeeper to come, as Jamie said there, and eat the striker. You just want your goalkeeper to come out there and absolutely take him out.”
The former United defender also pointed the finger at De Gea for Doucoure’s goal, but said other players had been guilty of defensive lapses.
“There have been some awful performances in parts of games,” he said. “Tonight they put in one of their better performances but in moments defensively they were really bad.
“David De Gea, there [the first Everton goal], so weak.
“The parry out into the box – it’s not good enough, they’re not clearing their lines.
“Luke Shaw not sprinting out to the corner as quick as he can do, Fred not making it.”
United host West Ham in the FA Cup on Tuesday before next Sunday’s Premier League visit to West Brom.
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