Manchester United’s abysmal defeat at Everton opens up a severe can of worms for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A sorry display if there ever was one, the Norwegian won’t be too pleased to come across this damning bit of statistic: the distance covered by the two teams over 90 minutes.
According to the Guardian, United ran 8.03 km less than their opponents. This marks the biggest negative difference for United since their 0-3 defeat to Spurs in August. The Manchester club was pitiful all over, and many consider this to be one of the worst performances by the side in the post-Ferguson era.
Marco Silva’s Everton was sharper, more clinical and had the discipline to go with it. Their passing was more incisive, movement more purposeful and man-for-man, the Toffees outperformed their more illustrious counterparts.
Playing under sparkling sunshine, Everton refused their opponents time or space to build from the back, cramping United from playing their expansive brand of football, or whatever it is that passes for the same at Old Trafford these days.
The Red Devils have much soul-searching to do after a performance as craven as this. While Ole’s arrival had brought with it a fresh spark, the red touch paper that was lit upon his coming seems to be on its final embers.