Manchester United top-four and Champions League hopes turns into a nightmare as Toffees heap misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But this was still enough to make you wonder whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is destined for anything better than the three United managers who have struggled in Sir Alex Ferguson’s long shadow.
The game was all over inside half an hour; claimed by the side who were sharper, stronger, wiser. As it played out you wondered, yet again, how on earth United have managed to squander so many millions since Ferguson walked away.
Smalling was beaten to throw-in by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose flick on was hooked in by Richarlison’s acrobatic scissor-kick, as Victor Lindelof’s reactions also failed him.
It was the Brazilian’s 13th Premier League goal of the season. Not one of United’s strikers has matched that tally. Only Paul Pogba has reached it.
The defense was the source of most concern, though. Everton’s opener was the 45th the visiting side had conceded – more than in any other Manchester United league campaign. The manager said heading into this weekend that he did not need a tide of new signings this summer – certainly not six, he said –the last time Toffees won the Red devil’s with a huge margin was on Oct 1984.
But at the end of the game, the traveling United fans had found voice and their old Solskjaer anthems though many will have left with questions about whether he is up to such a task. The manager had said United needed a wake-up call but did not remotely imagine something as brutal as this.