By Jason Jones

3rd Mar, 2020 | 4:00pm

'Unbelievable' - Brown defends Everton ace who sets 'mega standards' after blunder v Man United

Michael Brown has jumped to the defence of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following his error against Manchester United on Sunday. 

The England number one was beaten easily by a long range effort from Bruno Fernandes in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, sparking criticism from pundit Roy Keane during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the match.

But Brown has stuck up for the 25-year-old, backing him to come good again for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “The situation with goalkeepers, you’re on your own, almost. He’s got to carry on with his football, he made a mistake.

“That happens, you lose a bit of form, you lose a bit of confidence and you’ve got to find that. How can you do that, how can you get your brain ready?

“He’ll set mega standards, he’s done unbelievable since he’s gone to Everton and the international setup – you make mistakes but it’s how you recover from them.”

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Does Pickford deserve criticism for his form of late?

There’s no getting away from the fact that the stopper is top quality on his day.

As we saw with his late heroics to deny Odion Igalho, there are few keepers in the Premier League who can match the former Sunderland man when it comes to his raw shotstopping ability.

That being said, we all know that there are times when he lets himself down by making silly errors.

Sunday’s match was a prime example of that.

The shot from Fernandes was taken quickly and hit well, granted, but from that kind of distance, Pickford will have been highly disappointed to have conceded a goal in the manner that he did.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen him mess up either.

As per the Premier League themselves, Pickford has made 12 errors leading directly to goals in 135 appearances, including high profile howlers like the one he made in the Merseyside derby last season.

All things considered, however, he is a player of immense talent, and at 25 he is still relatively young for a goalkeeper.

We all know what he is capable of in a positive sense, and we just have to hope that he can iron out the creases in his game, improve his concentration, and realise the potential that he has shown us time and time again that he does have.