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Solskjaer reacts to David de Gea mistakes for Manchester United vs Everton

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to single out David de Gea for mistakes made by the Manchester United goalkeeper against Everton.

United squandered a 2-0 lead and then a 3-2 lead to draw 3-3 at home to the Toffees, as they were stunned by Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last-gasp equaliser.

De Gea spilled the ball for Abdoulaye Doucoure to get Everton back in the game early in the second half and was then easily beaten by Calvert-Lewin for the stoppage-time leveller.

It was a sickener for United, who drop points for the third time in their last four Premier League games, leaving them two points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

But asked by Sky Sports after the game about De Gea’s poor performance specifically, Solskjaer said he would not blame individuals.

“I wouldn’t blame anyone on the goals but we know we could have done better as a team on all of them,” said the Norwegian.

“We played some good football in the second half but conceded three goals from three shots on target. When you do that it is disappointing. We reacted well after their two goals but then why was there four minutes added in, we had to get the ball in the corner and see it out. Poor goals to concede.”


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Solskjaer admitted it was not an enjoyable game for him to watch, as a visibly nervy United side tried to see out a 3-2 victory — and failed. He did bemoan the fact a long ball beat his defence late in the game and questioned whether United should ever have been described as title challengers.

Solskjaer added: “Many more will have enjoyed that game than the Man United supporters.

“Results create the mood, the last kick of the ball makes us go home really disappointed, we have lost two points on a long thump up through the middle which we should have defended better. But the overall performance should be better.

“We shouldn’t even be considered as title chasers, that’s talk for you [the media]. We have got better as a team and see where we end up. Going forward, good, yes, but need to stop conceding easy goals.”

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