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Everton boss Ancelotti explains Pickford recall for Man Utd clash

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti says he'll be counting on Jordan Pickford today.

Ancelotti confirmed on Friday he will restore the England number one to his team to face Manchester United, after axing the keeper for the visit to Newcastle last week.

“He starts against Manchester United, yes," the Blues boss said of Pickford. “I have no message for Jordan, I talked to him every day this week, we laughed and were together.

“He knows what to do on Saturday. I think sometimes he did a mistake because he thought too much. When he has to act, sometimes he does mistakes in that situation, but he is still a young goalkeeper with a lot of quality and there he can improve.

“He has to use his instinct, which is really good. When he reacts (instinctively), he is really top, top.

“His mentality is good. He is a good guy, a funny guy, I don't want to change his mentality or character," the Everton manager added.

“He is still a young goalkeeper with a lot of quality…and character and personality. This is his character and it is difficult to change the character of people.

“On the pitch he has to be focused on what he is doing, knowing his limit and also knowing where his quality is. I can judge him only on what he is doing in training, and the fact that he is focussed, concentrating in training means (he isn't affected) by the rumours outside.

“I think it is important he is able with his character and his personality to manage the rumours outside."

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