Danny Mills has claimed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is “too emotional” and has to “calm himself down” to realise his potential.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that being in goal is the “probably the worst” position for a player of the 25-year-old’s frenzied state.
Pickford failed in his attempt to save a Bruno Fernandes shot from the edge of the as he allowed the ball to dip underneath him and into the net for the equaliser.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin had opened the scoring for the hosts as he capitalised on another goalkeeping error – this time from the England number one’s opposite number David De Gea.
When asked why the former Sunderland goalie has been prone to mistake this season, Mills told Football Insider: “I said very early on he has to be careful not to get too emotional. Not to get too wound up. A little bit like what we saw with Joe Hart at times.
“You want your goalkeeper to be calm. Alisson is the perfect example of that. He is not ranting and raving. You are a goalkeeper, just make the save and concentrate, be calm, be focused.
“Pickford has got to be careful. He is a great goalkeeper and a good shot-stopper but he needs to calm himself down. He does not need to be the jack-in-the-box that he is.
“Think of the great goalkeepers like Buffon, Cech, Casillas… It is probably the worst place you can have an emotional person.”
The England number one has only managed to keep six clean sheets in 28 Premier League appearances so far this term, conceding 42 goals.
The 1-1 draw with the Red Devils keeps the Toffees languishing in 11th place in the Premier League.