A furious Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blasted his players for not delivering a performance worthy enough for Manchester United following a 4-0 thrashing at Everton.
The honeymoon period for Solskjaer is well and truly over now after being handed his sixth defeat in eight games in humiliating fashion to Everton.
Following United’s Champions League quarter-final exit at Barcelona mid-week, the Norwegian had hoped for a response from his side to bolster their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish.
Instead, Solskjaer was left in disbelief as he watched his United players being outclassed by Everton at Goodison Park.
Richarlison set the Toffees on their way through a volley in the 13th-minute before Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled their lead with a stunning 25-yard strike.
Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott scored in the second-half to earn Everton an unexpected 4-0 win over United.
Speaking afterwards, Solskjaer apologised to the travelling supporters at Merseyside and took responsibility.
“From the first whistle, everything went wrong. I just want to apologise to the fans. They’re the only people with the badge on today who can hold their head high, because we can’t,” the United boss told Sky Sports.
“Everton were better than us at all the basics. There are so many things that we need to do better to get a result. Talent has never been enough.
“We just didn’t perform. That was not worthy of a Manchester United team. We hold our hands up and apologise to everyone associated with the club. We have a perfect chance to make amends on Wednesday [against Manchester City].”
“We’re way off where we want to be. When you lose in the league like we did here, everyone sees that we have a big job to do.
“This club has been down before, we’ve just got to pick ourselves up. It might not happen overnight, but it’s going to happen.
“You want to see the team express themselves. The goals were easy, we were sloppy on the ball. We cannot hide, we just have to step up and say we have to improve.
The Red Devils remain in sixth-place and two points adrift of Arsenal in fourth, for the time being, heading into the final four games.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are just a further point ahead in third with fifth-place Chelsea to play Burnley on Monday night.
Solskjaer added: “We have to win all four games, then we might have a chance [of finishing in the top four].
“It’s a big ask, but we can do it. We can’t just talk about it, we’ve got to do it.”
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