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Everton hand woeful Manchester United a 4-0 hammering

  • Published at 11:32 pm April 21st, 2019
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Everton's Theo Walcott scores their fourth goal against Manchester United during their Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain on SundayReuters

United must now somehow pick themselves up in time for the visit of Manchester City to Old Trafford for the derby on Wednesday

A woeful Manchester United suffered their fifth straight away defeat, in all competitions, with a 4-0 Premier League hammering at the hands of a vibrant Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

United did not manage a shot on target until the 86th minute as they fell to their sixth loss in eight games since their memorable victory at Paris St Germain in the Champions League.

The euphoria felt in Paris and at the start of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign already seems a distant memory after a United performance that lacked not only quality but aggression and fire.

"We just didn't perform. That was not worthy of a Manchester United team," said Solskjaer.

"We hold our hands up and apologise to everyone associated with the club," added the Norwegian who went over to the travelling United support after the final whistle.

"Everton were better than us at all the basics. There are so many things that we need to do better to get a result. Talent has never been enough."

United must now somehow pick themselves up in time for the visit of Manchester City to Old Trafford for the derby on Wednesday.

For Marco Silva's improving Everton, in seventh place, this was their third top-six scalp in as many home games following victories over Chelsea and Arsenal.

Brazilian Richarlison fired Everton ahead in the 13th minute with an acrobatic high volley after Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicked on a long throw.

Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-0 with a low drive from over 25 yards out that United keeper David De Gea was slow to react to as the home side ran rampant.

Solskjaer took off the ineffective Fred for Scott McTominay at the break while Ashley Young came on for the injured Phil Jones at the back but the change in personnel made no difference to the flow of the game.

Everton were faster, sharper and more aggressive while United's midfield pair of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba were spectators for most of the game.

Lucas Digne then blasted in the third in the 56th minute after De Gea punched out a corner to the French full-back with United struggling to get even a foot in the game.

Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson then put substitute Theo Walcott through with a clever pass through the legs of Victor Lindelof which the former Arsenal striker confidently converted.

"The first goal was the key," said Sigurdsson.

"After that we defended really well. It was important for us to get the next goal after going 2-0 up. It gave us constant belief and we controlled the game after that."

United, eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona on Tuesday, remain in sixth, outside the four qualification spots for next season's campaign.

Statistics showed the Red Devils, who had not lost five straight away games since 1981, ran 8.03 km less than Everton. 

RESULTS: 

Arsenal 2 (Ozil 47, Aubameyang 77) Crystal Palace 3 (Benteke 17, Zaha 61, McArthur 69)

Cardiff 0 Liverpool 2 (Wijnaldum 57, Milner 81-pen)

Everton 4 (Richarlison 13, Sigurdsson 28, Digne 56, Walcott 64) Manchester United 0   


English Premier League table (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Liverpool      35 27 7  1 79 20 88 

Man City       34 28 2  4 87 22 86

Tottenham      34 22 1 11 64 35 67 

Arsenal        34 20 6  8 68 43 66

Chelsea        34 20 6  8 57 36 66

Man Utd        34 19 7  8 63 48 64 

Everton        35 14 7 14 50 44 49 

Watford        34 14 7 13 49 49 49

Leicester      35 14 6 15 48 47 48

Wolves         34 13 9 12 41 42 48 

West Ham       35 12 7 16 44 54 43 

Crystal Palace 35 12 6 17 43 48 42

Newcastle      35 11 8 16 35 44 41 

Bournemouth    35 12 5 18 49 62 41 

Burnley        34 11 6 17 42 60 39

Southampton    34  9 9 16 40 57 36 

Brighton       34  9 7 18 32 53 34

Cardiff        35  9 4 22 30 65 31 

Fulham         35  6 5 24 33 76 23 -- relegated

Huddersfield   35  3 5 27 20 69 14 -- relegated