Manchester United have endured their worst ever Premier League season in terms of goals conceded after their dismal defeat at Everton on Sunday 21 April.
Following a record-breaking start to his tenure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now presided over a run of six defeats in eight matches which has left hopes of Champions League qualification dangling by a thread.
Solskjaer demanded a response from his players after they were outclassed by Barcelona in midweek, but his side produced an insipid display and were torn to shreds by a rapidly improving Everton side.
Richarlison opened the scoring with an acrobatic effort in the 13th minute and Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled the advantage just before the half hour mark with a thumping 30-yard effort having been invited to shoot by the hapless Nemanja Matic.
Lucas Digne wrapped up the points 10 minutes after the break with an outstanding volley after De Gea could only punch Sigurdsson’s corner to the edge of the penalty area.
Digne’s strike represented the 47th goal United have conceded this season, the most ever in the Premier League era and the eighth time De Gea had let in a goal from outside the penalty area.
Worse was to follow 10 minutes later when Theo Walcott was allowed the freedom of Merseyside to run through on goal and slot the ball between De Gea’s legs.
Meanwhile, Ashley Young has warned his Manchester United teammates that they will face further questions about their mentality if they fail to impress in their derby against Manchester City on Wednesday 24 April.
Solskjaer was forced to apologise to United supporters on Sunday after his side registered one of their worst performances of the season in the 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
United have now lost four out of their last five matches in all competitions and face a difficult task of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League, which would seal their place in next season’s Champions League.