Neville, Redknapp agree on Man Utd culprit: ‘Eat the striker’

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2021 10:17 - Will Ford


Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville both blamed David de Gea as Manchester United conceded a stoppage time equaliser at home to Everton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side let 2-0 and 3-2 leads slip as they missed the chance to go level on points with Manchester City ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin poked home in the dying seconds after a deep Everton free-kick was launched into the penalty area.

Harry Maguire played all of the Everton players onside but Redknapp and Neville pinned the blame on De Gea.

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.

“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 were also culpable in that instance.

“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.”

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