Football: Everton held by Manchester United after late goal ruled out by VAR

Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates a goal before it is disallowed for offside during the EPL match against Manchester United at Goodison Park, Britain, on March 1, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Everton and Manchester United drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday in an enthralling game which ended in video assistant referee (VAR) drama.

A dreadful error from United keeper David de Gea gave Everton a third-minute opener - the Spaniard dawdled on the ball after a backpass from Harry Maguire and his attempted clearance was charged down by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and flew off the Everton striker into the net.

Calvert-Lewin should have doubled the lead shortly afterwards when he broke free of the United defence but shot just wide of de Gea's right-hand post.

United responded well to the early setback though with Nemanja Matic hitting the cross-bar with a long-range effort and then forcing Everton keeper Jordan Pickford into a diving save with another well-struck drive.

It was January signing Bruno Feranandes, the Portuguese midfielder who has brought some much-needed creativity to the United side, who put the visitors level with a superb low shot from outside the box in the 31st minute.

Everton's Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson hit the post with a curling free kick 12 minutes after the interval.

United went close to a winner in the 90th minute but Pickford produced a brilliant save with his feet to deny substitute Odion Ighalo.

There was VAR drama in stoppage time when Everton thought they had a winner.

Calvert-Lewin's low shot deflected off defender Maguire and went past Sigurdsson, who was lying on the floor, in what the video referee ruled was an offside position.

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