Manchester United thrashed by Everton after Richarlison kickstarts rout
It was defeat on a sunny Easter Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park that did for David Moyes at Manchester United. And that was merely a routine 2-0 loss at the end of an era. This was a humiliation at the start of a supposed new dawn. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has inherited, and is presiding over, a shambles.
United players require a reality check, their latest manager had declared on Friday. It landed heavily on them here as Marco Silva’s slick, expansive and clinical team recorded Everton’s biggest win over United since October 1984. The embarrassment for the Old Trafford club was not confined to the scoreline. It was writ large in the apathetic displays of their over-paid players, in Anthony Martial diving for a nonexistent penalty, in David de Gea throwing the ball at a dawdling Diogo Dalot and in the visitors starting with the same central defence as in Moyes’ last stand in April 2014. There they were, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, the latter getting himself injured yet again to add to the sense of chaotic deja-vu. At least he offered a semblance of commitment that was otherwise absent on an appalling afternoon for United. Champions League qualification is the least of their worries.