Ighalo Denied By Brilliant Pickford As Everton Hold United, Wolves Boost Top 4 Hopes With Victory Over Spurs

Odion Ighalo was a second half substitute for Manchester United who were held to 1-1 draw by Everton in a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park where both goals came as a result of goalkeeping errors.

The Toffees grabbed a fortuitous lead thanks a calamitous error by United’s David de Gea, whose attempt to clear the ball saw him shoot straight into the lurking Dominic Calvert-Lewin with three minutes played.

Nemanja Matic nearly pulled United level moments later but his shot cannoned off the bar with Jordan Pickford rooted to the spot.

Pickford was eventually beaten by Bruno Fernandes’ 31st minute swerving shot from 20 yards although the England keeper should have done a better job of protecting his near post.

Everton came close to grabbing the lead in the second half through Gylfi Sigurdsson who hit the post with a dipping free-kick.

Ighalo was introduced for Mason Greenwood in the 71st minute and had a golden chance to grab all three points for the Red Devils in the 90th-minute.

The Nigerian striker’s toe poke after the ball had fallen to him when Pickford saved acrobatically from Fernandes was somehow kept out by Pickford who produced two stunning saves to deny United.

Everton then thought they’d won after Calvert-Lewin’s injury time strike deflected off Harry Maguire but the goal was ruled out by VAR who deemed Sigurdsson in an offside position as he lay in front of De Gea.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was shown a red card after the final whistle for confronting the referee.

The result means United extended their unbeaten run to eight games but they remain fifth with 42 points, three points off Chelsea in fourth.

Everton are eleventh with 37 points and face an uphill task in the race for European football.

Elsewhere, Wolverhampton Wanderers drew level with on points with Manchester United after they twice came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Spurs were in front after 13 minutes after Steven Bergwin scored from a following counter.

Matt Doherty pulled Wolves level 12 minutes later but Serge Aurier scored a sublime curler on the stroke of half time to give Spurs the lead at the interval.

Wolves drew level for the second time through Diogo Jota’s sixth goal in his last four games and the Portuguese turned provider setting up strike partner Raul Jimenez to score the winner in the 73rd minute.

The victory takes Wolves up to sixth and level on points with 5th-placed Manchester United while Spurs drop to seventh place with 42 points.