Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti sees red in the United draw

LIVERPOOL: Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was ejected after approaching the referee as even more controversy VAR contributed to a burning end in a 1-1 draw with United Manchester on Sunday.

Goal mistakes by both United David De Gea and Jordan Pickford of Everton were central to the result at Goodison Park.

But Everton thought they had won the game at halting time when a shot by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had opened the scoring, deviated from United Harry maguire and on the net.

The goal, however, was ruled out by the assistant video referee with the offside Gylfi Sigurdsson, lying in the path of De Gea, who is considered to have obstructed the goalkeeper's sight.

Veteran Italian manager Ancelotti was as unhappy as the local crowd in Merseyside, with the chief of the Toffees expelled after approaching referee Chris Kavanagh in the field.

The tie saw United in fifth place miss the opportunity to bridge the gap with Chelsea in fourth place to a single point in the Premier league table as Everton remained in 11th position.

Anthony Martial returned to the United lineup in one of five changes made by the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the victory of the Europa League over the Brugge Club midweek.

Ancelotti also made five changes, with Andre Gomes starting in the midfield for the first time since early November after a serious ankle injury.

It took Everton only three minutes to break the deadlock with a strange goal that delighted the faithful of Goodison Park.

It seemed little danger since De Gea lived in a clearing.

But his eventual kick in the field was blocked by the Calvert-Lewin charge, with the rebound flying towards the unprotected United network.

De Gea made peace partly by denying Calvert-Lewin a second goal by throwing a wide shot while, at the other end of the field, Nemanja Matic hit the crossbar when United looked for an equalizer.

Another goal error helped United tie in the 31st minute when England's number one Pickford, with national manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands, could not cover the speculative, though well struck, effort of Bruno Fernandes from long distance.

Everton Sigurdsson midfielder was close to putting the Toffees 2-1 early in the second half.

United's Victor Lindelof carelessly threw a free kick over the edge of the area and Sigurdsson saw his curl hit coming back from the post, with Richarlison unable to get the rebound on the target as he continued.

Pickford, as De Gea had done at the beginning of the game, repaired for an expensive mistake to keep his side in the game.

In the final moments of normal time, he blocked Fernandes' initial shot and then threw himself acrobatically through his target to avoid tracking Odion Ighalo.