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Everton: Jordan Pickford stole the show against Man United

Everton claimed a huge victory from their Saturday afternoon clash against Manchester United at Goodison Park, with the Merseyside club in a rollercoaster relegation battle this season.

Frank Lampard’s Toffees took all three points to record their eighth league win of the season, leaving Ralf Rangnick and his side stunned whilst bolstering their challenge to maintain their Premier League status ahead of their remaining seven Premier League fixtures.

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Despite having less possession of the ball, fewer shots on target and fewer accurate passes over the course of the game, Everton were able to keep United busy with outstanding defensive play, winning more interceptions and tackles and making 35 clearances, ultimately snatching the win with a goal scored in the first half.

Anthony Gordon’s shot deflected off Harry Maguire into the back of the net behind David de Gea to give Everton the lead over their Mancunian visitors in the 27th minute, and they were able to keep a clean sheet over the rest of the game thanks to an outstanding performance for England number one Jordan Pickford.

Was Pickford MOTM against Man United?

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According to SofaScore, the Toffees goalkeeper – who was hailed as “resilient” by Theo Walcott – was the highest-rated player on the pitch (8.0) today after putting in an important shift for his team. He won 100% of his duels, made four saves, two punches and two clearances and had more touches than Ben Godfrey during the match, proving that his presence played a huge part in the result.

The goalkeeper’s flawless display may have just saved Lampard’s job, as it was revealed earlier today by Football Insider that a source close to Everton had told them the club were plotting to sack the former Chelsea boss should he have lost against United in the early kick-off. However, with three points added to their tally, his job is surely safe for the time being.

The Toffees will need to keep the momentum going, and Lampard must keep the confidence and winning mentality in his team that we saw this afternoon as their upcoming fixtures do not favour them, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all ahead of them before the season finishes.

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