Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued an apology to the supporters who travelled to watch Manchester United get battered 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park.
The Norwegian described the performance as unworthy of a Red Devils team after goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott condemned his side to an embarrassing defeat.
Nonetheless, the away section chanted Solskjaer’s name at the full-time whistle and the United boss praised them for their unrelenting support.
“I’d like to apologise to the fans because, again, they were great,” he told talkSPORT.
United were torn apart by Everton
“They kept supporting the players and that’s the only thing we can take from today. That’s not a worthy performance of a Manchester United team.”
Gary Neville has questioned the desire of certain individuals following the result, but Solskjaer claims there is no lack of effort from his men.
“The players want to win, there’s nothing wrong with the effort. We made a couple of bad decisions. They’re all simple goals and easy to deal with but I don’t think that’s desire.
“No one wants to make mistakes but today we were full of them.”
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United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League suffered a huge blow after the thrashing on Sunday, however Solskjaer insists his side can still muster up a top-four finish.
“We’ve still got a chance with four wins. We need 75 or 76 points to get top four and we’ve still got a chance but we’ve got to change quickly.
“At Old Trafford we can beat anyone and we have to turn up as a Manchester United team – players with energy, desire and hunger who want to play for that badge. That’s what you’ll see.”
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It doesn’t get any easier for United as they welcome Manchester City and Chelsea to Old Trafford next week.
And Solskjaer warns his team will falter if they continue to perform like they did at Goodison Park.
“We know that we’re in for criticism, but we’re also in for two massive games this week against City and Chelsea. If we perform like this, we’ll struggle.”