Manchester United have three weak links after Everton Premier League draw

Manchester United v Everton: Match in pictures

Manchester United have three players who must concern Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their 3-3 Premier League draw with Everton on Saturday night. The Red Devils lost precious ground in the race to win the Premier League title. And they could find themselves five points behind Manchester City at the top of the table by the close of play on Sunday.

United went into the match against Everton on a high.

After thumping Southampton 9-0 in midweek, Solskjaer’s men were aiming for another victory on home turf.

Things got off to a perfect start, with United taking control of the game after goals from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes.

But Everton pegged them back, with Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez finding the net.

United looked to have won the game late on through Scott McTominay but, in the closing stages, Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck to give the Toffees a point.

So Express Sport will now take a look at three players who must worry Solskjaer after the game.

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David De Gea

It was just two years ago that David De Gea was viewed as the best goalkeeper on the planet.

The Spain international was a vital asset during the Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho eras at the club.

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But De Gea has struggled for consistency ever since Solskjaer’s appointment and, against Everton, was a weak link.

He should have done better for Doucoure’s goal, tamely pushing the ball into the path of the Everton midfielder.

And De Gea failed to command his area sufficiently as Calvert-Lewin struck late on to earn Everton a draw.

United have Dean Henderson waiting in the wings and, on this evidence, it’s clear he deserves a chance.

De Gea was criticised by talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino after his error against the Toffees, with the former Chelsea star saying: “How many times have we been saying that with David de Gea?”

“Next week he’ll make one good save and we’ll be like ‘all right, it’s forgotten now’.

“For me, Henderson has to start.

“David de Gea has made that many mistakes for Manchester United, he’s got to come and clear that cross and for the first Everton goal he’s got to do better there, he can’t be parrying it straight into the path of the attacker.

“For me, he’s got to be dropped. But I just don’t see Ole as the sort of manager that’s going to drop him though. No matter what he does, he’s playing.”

Harry Maguire

There’s no denying Harry Maguire is United’s best defender.

But the England international continues to leave much to be desired when you consider he’s meant to be an £80million player.

Maguire should have read the danger quicker for Rodriguez’s goal, failing to get a block in in time as the Colombia international struck.

And he was on the fringes of the action for Calvert-Lewin’s strike, being unable to prevent the England international from striking.

Maguire looked lost at times against Everton, with the Toffees exploiting his lack of pace.

And the Red Devils will need him back to his best if they’re to stay on City’s heels for the title.

Mason Greenwood

After a bright performance against Southampton, Solskjaer decided to keep faith with Mason Greenwood against Everton.

But on a night where Cavani and Fernandes scored – and Marcus Rashford provided an assist – he failed to make an impact.

United, certainly, should be worried about his lack of goals.

He’s scored just once in his last 10 outings – against Liverpool in the FA Cup.

And he’s looking like a weak link in their attack at present.

Angry Fernandes

United star Fernandes was furious after the match, saying: “There are a lot of things to be disappointed with.

“We were making so many mistakes in the last few games and we can’t keep conceding goals like that.

“We have to be more focused, we have to have the same desire to score and to defend our goal.

“Every time we have to make goals and score goals it has to be the same to not concede and I think we have to learn from this.

“It has already happened a lot of times so it is more than a bit disappointing.

“You talk about everything that is going on but it is about learning and make it better.”

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