Liverpool - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's problems since taking over as permanent
Manchester United manager intensified with a humiliating 4-0 loss away
to Everton on Sunday.
Defeat at Goodison Park -- United's sixth in eight games -- also
dealt a huge blow to the Red Devils' hopes of playing in the Champions
League next season.
Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo
Walcott inflicted the largest defeat on United since they lost by the
same scoreline at Chelsea three years ago.
But, after starting his reign with eight consecutive victories, the
best start ever made by a manager at the club, former United striker
Solskjaer is now collecting some other, very unwanted, statistics.
This latest loss means United have now leaked 48 league goals, the
most they've conceded in a season, since letting in 63 back in the
42-game 1978/79 campaign.
Sunday's loss also means United have conceded in 12 consecutive games
for the first time since December 1998 while, under Solskjaer, the Reds
have lost five consecutive away games for the first time in 38 years.
United looked second best even
before the hosts scored twice inside the opening half-hour, conceding a
succession of corners from which Everton threatened.
It was another type of set-piece, a long throw-in by Digne, from
which Everton took the lead after 12 minutes when the full-back launched
the ball deep into the United area.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped the ball on with the flick of his head
and Richarlison sent a spectacular scissor-kick finish flying past David
After a humbling 3-0 Champions League exit at Barcelona in midweek,
it was not the start Solskjaer had been looking for. Everton soon made
the situation worse for the visitors.
After 27 minutes, Everton cleared a United corner and immediately
broke on the counter-attack, with winger Bernard playing a delightful
ball inside to Idrissa Gueye.
He, in turn, released Sigurdsson who, with Nemanja Matic backing off,
unleashed a magnificent 25-yard shot which bounced just in front of the
diving de Gea on its way into the bottom corner.
Richarlison might have given Everton the lead even earlier. His 10th
minute shot drew an amazing reaction save from de Gea. From the rebound
the Brazilian hurried his follow-up effort wide.
With the recalled Romelu
Lukaku booed every time he touched the ball by his former fans at
Everton, United had little response to an impressive effort from the
In between the goals, United star Paul Pogba's long diagonal pass
freed Marcus Rashford who could only poke his effort over from a tight
Everton effectively killed the game in the 56th minute. De Gea
punched clear a Sigurdsson corner to the unmarked Digne who sent a
superb, first-time volley flying back past the United keeper from 20
Three minutes later, and from the same left wing, another Sigurdsson
corner almost crept in at de Gea's near post before the Spaniard stuck
out a boot to clear off his line.
Even though Richarlison had limped off through injury, the agony was
not over for United with the Brazilian's replacement Walcott continuing
the rout in the 64th minute.
Sigurdsson again carved out the opening with a brilliantly-timed
through ball which allowed the former England international the space to
sprint into the area and beat the advancing de Gea.
Not until the 86th minute, and a comfortably saved Anthony Martial strike, did United have a shot on target.
Meanwhile Everton, who had not beaten a 'big six' rival in 25
attempts before last month, have now won consecutive home matches
against Chelsea, Arsenal and United while keeping three clean sheets in