Date: 17th December 2019 at 1:01pm
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Mason Holgate was tasked to operate in a makeshift midfield role in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday and came away with a lot of plaudits from supporters for his performance.

The 23-year-old has spent the season at centre-back, but he was forced to play higher up the pitch due to an injury crisis in midfield – Gylfi Sigurdsson wasn’t fit to feature alongside Tom Davies.

Holgate managed to contain Jesse Lingard for over an hour, turned over possession numerous times and blocked a number of shots. Fans were highly appreciative of his efforts at Old Trafford.

Against United, Holgate played for 90 minutes, made 43 touches, won two aerial duels, had two shots with 50% accuracy, completed 73.9% of his 23 passes, made one tackle, blocked two shots, made one interception, drew four fouls, made three clearances and had one successful dribble.

The 23-year-old has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, 10 of which have come in the Premier League. Holgate has struggled with inconsistency at times, but he turned in a fantastic performance over the weekend.

Whether he can repeat the feat in the EFL Cup against Leicester City on Wednesday remains to be seen.

How will Everton fare against Leicester City?

Win

Win

Lose

Lose

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