Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has made a withering assessment of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following Everton’s Premier League loss to title-chasing Manchester City.
Ilkay Gundogan’s stunning first-half goal gave the 29-year-old little chance, but he was unable to prevent Erling Haaland’s header seconds later and was well beaten by Gundogan’s second-half free-kick as City won 3 -0 at Goodison. Park on Sunday afternoon.
Analyzing the third goal, Keane, who has questioned Pickford’s credentials in the past, disagreed with pundit Micah Richards’ opinion of Gareth Southgate’s number 1.
He told Sky Sports: “Pickford, for the goal… oh my god. It looks so small in there. There is no spring, it is not anticipating. Micah said before the game that he is a great goalkeeper. He is not.”
However, Keane praised Gundogan and in particular his impromptu finishing on 37 minutes after he had controlled Riyad Mahrez’s cross in the thigh before sending the ball home with his back to goal.
He said: “What an outstanding player. Again, we mentioned that (Everton boss) Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the defence, but once he gets in there, the first touch from him is brilliant; his second is even better.
“What a player this guy is, absolutely brilliant, the way he times his runs into the box… what a magnificent finish. He would watch that all day. Bright.”