I think deep down we all knew that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had an extremely difficult job on his hands. Today proved just how far away from the top teams we actually are.
For ninety minutes, Manchester United were second-best to an Everton team who have had their own struggles this season. I think that tells you everything you need to know about just how rapidly we’ve fallen.
4-0, away from home is probably the worst result we’ve seen since Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits. But you cannot pin the blame on the manager. In fact, it’s finally time for this dressing room to stand up and take accountability for what happened.
Following the game, Solskjaer was extremely apologetic to the Old Trafford faithful – in particular, you feel for the travelling fans who have spent their hard-earned money to go and watch their team up and down the country.
“We have got to apologise to the fans,” he said per ManUtd.com. “That performance was not good enough for a Manchester United team – from me to the players.
”We know we let the fans and the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it was so bad. They beat us on all the basics.
“We were beaten on all the ingredients you need, added to your talent, today. As I said last week as well, there is no place to hide on the pitch. It was 85 minutes before we had a shot on target. It’s not good enough. We know that.”
One shot on target isn’t anywhere close to adequate. It game so late on, too, when the match was already done and dusted. When you’ve got such a vast array of talent at your disposal that’s just not going to cut it.
Finishing in the top four now feels like a dream more than an actual possibility and the players need to take responsibility for that. This manage has given us at least a chance at achieving something that looked impossible before the turn of the year, it’s a real disappointment to see it thrown away like this.
Next up is another tricky game at home to Manchester City. Whether or not it’s blind faith or the fact that we do actually have some talented players at our disposal, I still fancy us to get something and hurt their title bid…