Everton showed no mercy at woeful Manchester United at Goodson Park. The Toffees embarrassed United 4-0 at home, with goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne, and Theo Walcott. Seems like United could not put themselves together after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League 4-0 on Aggregate against Barcelona. Also, United fans have been questioning themselves if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really is the man to make this team play proper Football. Curiously, if we go back some weeks ago, the same supporters were saying that ‘Ole’s at the wheel’. Now, they are asking themselves whether he has a proper driver’s license or whether he’s a fraud.
The Blues started the game at a frenetic pace and broke the halt with 13 on the clock. Brazilian striker Richarlison was responsible for an acrobatic half-volley from close-range. Man United tried to respond through Marcus Rashford, but he could not really do harm on Jordan Pickford. Everton doubled their lead at 26, in another wonderful goal. This time, Sigurdsson received the ball, drove forward, and fired from distance. The ball went straight to David De Gea’s low corner. Let’s say it was saveable, but the Spaniard keeper could do nothing. 2-0 Everton.
After the break, Solskjaer tried to give some more inspiration and creativity to United introducing Scott McTominay. However, it stayed the same way, as the Red Devils kept at the lazy mood. Digne added one more to the hosts, as he capitalized on De Gea’s poor clearance, and slotted a beautiful goal from the edge of the box with 56 on the clock. Ten minutes later, and Everton hit United with the final blow. Sigurdsson was again the architect as he fed Walcott, who got face to face with De Gea, and found the back of the nets in a low effort. 4-0 Everton.
It was United’s worst performance under Ole. They need to do themselves a favor and honor this jersey. The top four race is interesting, but it’s also poor in terms of competitivity. Chelsea, United, Tottenham, and Arsenal are always dropping points against midtable sides. It’s really possible for United to finish within the top four and play European Football next season. They need to want it though. A wonderful way of showing that, is to beat Man City next Wednesday at Old Trafford.