Harry Maguire’s fatal mistake in Manchester United’s draw against showed a he was not “brave enough”, says Jamie Carragher.
The Englishman was the only Red Devils star playing Carlo Ancelotti’s side onside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in the 95th-minute for a 3-3 draw.
It means that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now five points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.
And Carragher, who made more than 500 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, identified the error that Maguire made for the goal.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “Rafa Benitez used to be on at me, about free-kicks late in the game, constantly.
“I didn't have the nerve to hold the line. I'd be that nervous about contending a goal, I'd think 'I need to head this away'.
"When you're Harry Maguire in that position, and it's the position I'd be in, when you're at the back of the line – or certainly in the middle – and there's bodies everywhere, some players are offside, some are making runs.
“A lot of the time you can't see the ball.
“You're jumping and jostling – and what I would do, which was a mistake all the time, was I'd want to drop two yards so I could almost see the ball.
“I almost think Harry Maguire has taken too much responsibility – and that's what I used to at times. I'd think I'd want to head the ball, 'I'm that nervous I want to head this.'
“And you drop off a little bit and then go to attack it. I think that's the mistake he's made.
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“He hasn't been brave enough but I can put myself in the situation.”
Maguire was clearly frustrated during the game, though, as his five-word expletive shout at the linesman was overheard while United had a 3-2 lead against Everton.
While the United faithful also criticised David de Gea for not dealing with Calvert-Lewin’s equaliser in the draw at Old Trafford.
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