A draw at relegated Huddersfield last week, a defeat at home to relegated Cardiff this week. There has to be questions over whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the man at the wheel, is capable of driving this great club in the right direction.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s 23rd-minute penalty, given after Diogo Dalot was harshly adjudged to have fouled Kenneth Zohore, had put Neil Warnock’s charges into the lead amid a testimonial-eque atmosphere at this famous venue.
It got worse. On 54 minutes Scott McTominay switched off at a throw-in, Josh Murphy nipped in behind and crossed for Mendez-Laing to tap in a second. There were plenty of empty seats in the stands and in the press box. Indeed, there could be more journalists here on Monday for the staff versus media match.
Solskjaer may well prove to be an inspired appointment. A move for Swansea’s rapid winger Dan James represents what appears to be an admirable change in transfer policy from offering the likes of Alexis Sanchez ridiculous money. That and the fact that if you include Paul Pogba, United’s front six, including Mason Greenwood, came from the club’s academy would point to a departure from hurling cash at the problem. Not that Geoffrey Boycott is having it. While they may have had a rollicking from above, whomever at MUTV decided to ask for the views of the frank Yorkshireman on this most miserable of seasons at the club’s awards night last week, should be given a medal.
Boycott, as blunt as ever, slated United’s players before questioning Solskjaer’s managerial record in a clip which quickly went viral. Pre kick-off an animated Boycott was spotted in the director’s box with Ed Woodward, presumably in case United’s executive vice chairman in had missed his interview.
Etheridge did well to deny Rashford and substitute Anthony Martial before Bobby De Cordova-Reid almost made it 3-0 with a curling shot as Riyad Mahrez clinched the title for City at Brighton.