SHOWS: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 21, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SPEAKING AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER LOSING TO EVERTON 4-0 2.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAYING: "We've got to apologise to the fans because they were absolutely fantastic and that performance is not good enough for a Man United team, both from, all the way from me to players, we know that we let the fans down, let the club down today because that performance is, it's difficult to describe because it's so bad.
They beat us on all the basics - the basics you know, long throw-ins, stick your head in, our own corner kick, they counter-attack, their corner, they are first to the ball - good strike by the way, the fourth one as well, there's many chances to get rid of that ball, stick your head in again, so we were beaten on all the things, all the ingredients that you need added to your talent today and as I said last week as well, there's no place you can hide on the pitch so, that's just, 85 minutes before we got a strike on target, which is not good enough, we know that." STORY: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to fans and said Sunday's (April 21) 4-0 loss to Everton showed that his team was far away from the standard needed to compete at the top of the Premier League table.
United have now lost five straight away games in all competitions for the first time since 1981 and have lost six of their last eight matches with their hopes of qualification for next year's Champions League fading with the latest loss.
The performance at sun-blessed Goodison Park lacked any of the spark, enthusiasm and confidence of the early Solskjaer reign.
From the moment Brazilian Richarlison volleyed Everton ahead in the 13th minute, United were second best in every area.
Everton were 2-0 up at the break and never looked in danger of allowing United back into the game.
Solskjaer's side did not force Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into action with a shot on target until the 86th minute.
This Wednesday's (April 24) local derby, vital for title-chasing City who are one point ahead of Liverpool, is the first of the final four games of the season in which United must hope to push themselves back into the top four.
(Production: David Grip and Annette Faydenko)