Damning stat highlights goalkeeping struggles of Man United & Everton following Goodison stalemate

A statistic, highlighting just how badly both David de Gea and Jordan Pickford have struggled for consistency since the beginning of last season, has emerged online this afternoon.

All square at Goodison

Everton welcomed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United to Goodison Park a short time ago, for a Premier League clash.

The Toffees headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back result, having seen a fine recent spell of form brought to an end by Arsenal last time out.

Manchester United, on the other hand, had continued to impress of late, with the Red Devils’ 5-0 drubbing of Club Brugge during the week having stretched the club’s unbeaten streak to 7 across all competitions.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Odion Ighalo of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on February 27, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The opening exchanges on Merseyside this afternoon, though, saw Everton on top.

And, incredibly, with just 3 minutes on the clock, the hosts took the lead.

A David de Gea howler saw the Spaniard direct his clearance straight into the boot of the onrushing Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with the in-form Everton hitman’s block having rebounded directly into the United net.

The Red Devils, though, soon showcased their fighting spirit, to drag themselves deservedly back on terms.

A sloppy pass out of the back from Djibril Sidibe saw the Everton substitute’s mistake capitalised on by Nemanja Matic, who subsequently laid the ball off to Bruno Fernandes.

And United’s January addition went on to unleash a superb effort from distance, which beat Jordan Pickford at his near post.

Upon replays being broadcast, however, it quickly became evident that Pickford should really have done better with Fernandes’ strike, with the Everton shot-stopper having allowed the ball to slip past his outstretched hands in disappointing fashion.

Goalkeeping gaffes

And this was how things remained until the full-time whistle at Goodison, despite late chances and a disallowed Calvert-Lewin injury-time strike.

As such, as evidenced above, it was goalkeeping mistakes on the part of both sides which eventually proved telling this afternoon.

This, meanwhile, has since given rise to a damning statistic, regarding the error-prone nature of the displays of both David de Gea and Jordan Pickford since the beginning of last season.

As revealed by Bleacher Report:

‘No players have made more errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season than David De Gea and Jordan Pickford (7).’

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