Former England international Peter Crouch thinks David de Gea’s error against Everton will “prove costly” for Man Utd this season.
The 3-3 draw against the Toffees meant the Red Devils failed to close the gap on Man City, with their neighbours opening up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
De Gea was slow to react as Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised deep into second-half stoppage time on Saturday with the Spaniard refusing to throw himself at the feet of the attacker.
And Crouch was very critical of the Man Utd keeper with the goal potentially proving to be a huge moment in the Premier League title race.
In a Daily Mail Q&A, Crouch said: “There wasn’t a great deal wrong, other than the inability to hang on to their lead and being sloppy in a few areas. Saying that, I would have to ask a serious question about David de Gea for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last-gasp equaliser.
“If he was my goalkeeper, I would have expected him to be straight off his line to take everything – man, ball, the lot. It’s the last act of the game and your team needs to win to keep the pressure on in the title race, so why are you not coming out to make the difference?
“United are a good side. I love Bruno Fernandes and the class he provides, Luke Shaw is having a fantastic season and looking like the player we always thought he could be while Edinson Cavani has been superb. I said in a column when he first signed that he would be nothing like Radamel Falcao – who arrived on a loan in 2014 – and deserved respect.
“When you are trying to become champions, though, there is no margin for error. The errors against Everton will prove costly in the long run.”