David de Gea insisted to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Gylfi Sigurdsson did distract him as Everton saw their late winner disallowed.
The Toffees playmaker was deemed to have impeded the United keeper by sitting in the line of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s deflected shot.
Harry Maguire poked the ball in the opposite direction to where De Gea was heading, but the ball went right by the feet of Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international had to pull his legs out the way in order to not block the ball from finding the bottom corner.
And after a consolation with his linesman, referee Chris Kavanagh decided to blow for offside.
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It was a dramatic end to the game, which had started incredibly too when De Gea dawdled on the ball before blasting his clearance up field straight at Calvert-Lewin’s foot.
The ball cannoned into the United net, giving Everton the lead inside three minutes, but Bruno Fernandes equalised for the visitors before the break.
Solskjaer would have been less than impressed by De Gea’s part in Everton’s goal, but the Spanish star made a top notch save just before Calvert-Lewin’s disallowed goal to redeem himself.
After the match, the United boss said: ”It was a lively end to the game – we thought we could and should have won it and then it was drama at the other end.
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“De Gea told me he gets distracted because he [Gylfi Sigurdsson] is there. His save to his right was fantastic – I was 100% sure that would be a goal."
On Everton’s opener, Solskjaer added: “It's something that happens in football once in a while if you take too long on the ball.
Calvert-Lewin always chases everything and it's unfortunate that it goes in the goal. We responded and got the goal we deserved."
The Toffees striker, who has been on an incredible run of form over the winter months, was frustrated he did not get a brace, having celebrated wildly with his team-mates before seeing his second chalked off by the officials.
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Under Carlo Ancelotti, Calvert-Lewin has made himself a contender for England’s squad for Euro 2020, and a last-gasp winner against United would have been a huge moment for the Everton man.
“In the moment, I wasn’t sure. Seeing it back I think Gylfi on the floor doesn’t obstruct the line of sight,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.
“Fair enough, he’s in an offside position but then it takes a deflection, the keeper is going the other way and he’s got his legs out of the way.
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“The keeper is never going to save the ball so I’m not sure what it is.
“For me, as a striker, I think it’s a goal but VAR says otherwise and cancels out the emotion at the end. What can you do?”
United legend Roy Keane was on punditry duty in Sky’s studio too and added: “He was in line with the ball, near the goalkeeper and I don’t think De Gea would have saved it.
“But if it was allowed it’d have been Ole on the pitch speaking to the referee.”
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