Jamie Carragher tore into David de Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper picked up where he left off at Goodison Park last season with a ‘nightmare’ start against Everton.
De Gea conceded four goals in the same fixture at the end of last term and the 29-year-old will have been desperate to put that game in the past with a dominant performance between the sticks and a clean sheet on Sunday afternoon.
But the match could hardly have got off to a worse start for the Spaniard who gifted the Toffees the opening goal of the game in only in the third minute of the clash.
De Gea received the ball from Harry Maguire under no pressure but his lazy clearance struck Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s outstretched leg and rebounded straight back into United’s goal.
Since the start of last season, no goalkeeper has made more errors leading directly to goals than De Gea (7) in the English top flight.
On the shocking mistake, Sky Sports commentator Carragher said: ‘David de Gea had a nightmare in this game last season and he’s started in a nightmare way in this one.
‘He’s looking for a pass, he waits far too long. You see him there, looking for that pass.
‘It’s brilliant from Calvert-Lewin. He throws a leg up more in hope than belief and he won’t be able to believe it.
‘Another goal for that man, Calvert-Lewin. What a run he’s on! There’s only one man he has to thank and that’s David de Gea.’
De Gea denied Calvert-Lewin a quickfire brace with an impressive save just moments after his blunder and Carragher was impressed with the ‘keeper’s response.
‘That’s a great save. He reacted well,’ the former Liverpool defender said.
‘It’s the same two men involved. Great decision from Michael Keane to put it on those defenders again and the goalkeeper.
‘If he’d have scored it would have been interesting to see if VAR would have pulled it back but the flag didn’t go up.
‘He just gets a great little touch on it there, the goalkeeper.’
De Gea’s error came just moments after Solskjaer had called on his players to learn from the mistakes they made at Goodison Park last term.
‘The ones who did play, they’ve got a point to prove,’ the Norwegian told MUTV ahead of kick-off.
‘The others know what a low point that was for us.
‘There’s a couple of new ones. Bruno [Fernandes], it’s a a new experience for him to play this game. Mason [Greenwood], the atmosphere can get to you if you don’t get a good start.
‘For us it’s about getting a good start on the front foot, be ready for their press, ready for the intensity and hopefully get the first goal.’
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