Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems since taking over as permanent Manchester United manager intensified using a humiliating 4-0 loss off to Everton on Sunday.
Defeat at Goodison Park — United’s sixth in eight games — also dealt a massive blow to the Red Devils’ hopes of playing in the Champions League next year.
Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne, and Theo Walcott inflicted the largest defeat United because they lost by precisely the exact same scoreline in Chelsea three decades back.
However, after beginning his reign with eight successive victories, the very best start ever produced by a supervisor in the club, former United striker Solskjaer is currently collecting some other, quite undesirable, figures.
This latest loss means United have leaked 48 league goals, the most they have surrendered in a year, because letting in 63 back into the 42-game 1978/79 effort.
Sunday’s loss also means United have surrendered in 12 consecutive matches for the first time since December 1998 while, under Solskjaer, the Reds have lost five successive games away for the first time in 38 decades.
United looked second best even prior to the hosts scored twice within the opening half-hour, conceding a series of corners where Everton threatened.
It had been another kind of set-piece, a long throw-in from Digne, where Everton took the lead after 12 minutes once the full-back launched the ball deep to the United region.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped the ball with the flick of his mind and Richarlison delivered a spectacular scissor-kick end flying beyond David de Gea.
Following a humbling 3-0 Champions League depart Barcelona in midweek, it wasn’t the beginning Solskjaer was looking for. Everton shortly made the situation worse for your traffic.
After 27 minutes, Everton cleared a United corner and immediately broke to the counter-attack, with winger Bernard playing with a delightful ball inside to Idrissa Gueye.
In turn, released Sigurdsson that, together with Nemanja Matic backing away, unleashed a glorious 25-yard shot that bounced just in front of the diving de Gea in its own way to the bottom corner.
Richarlison may have awarded Everton the lead earlier. His 10th-moment shot attracted a wonderful response save from p Gea. In the rally, the Brazilian dashed his follow-up attempt wide.
Together with the recalled Romelu Lukaku booed each time he touched the ball with his former lovers in Everton, United had little reaction to an impressive effort by the home side.
Between the goals, United star Paul Pogba’s long diagonal pass Marcus Rashford who could only poke his campaign from a tight angle.
Everton effectively killed the game in the 56th minute. De Gea hit clear a Sigurdsson corner into the unmarked Digne who delivered a superb, first-time volley flying straight back beyond the United keeper from 20 meters.
Three minutes later, also by the identical left-wing, the next Sigurdsson corner almost crept at p Gea’s near place ahead of the Spaniard stuck out a boot to clear his line.
Though Richarlison had limped off during trauma, the distress wasn’t around for United with all the Brazilian’s replacement Walcott ongoing the rout at the 64th minute.
Sigurdsson again carved out the opening using a brilliantly-timed through ball that allowed the former England international the room to sprint in the area and defeat the progressing de Gea.
Maybe not until the 86th minute, along with a comfortably saved Anthony Martial attack, did United possess a shot on goal.
Meanwhile, Everton, who hadn’t conquered big six’ rival in 25 attempts before last month, have won consecutive home games against Chelsea, Arsenal, and United while keeping three clean sheets in the procedure.