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That’s according to Match of the Day 2 pundit Jermaine Jenas, who thinks it is “a bonus” that it was not a surprise.
But Jenas suspects Norwegian boss Solskjaer expected such a result.
Speaking in the build-up to their trip to Merseyside, Solskjaer said of United: “Most of the players have really impressed me with their attitude.
“But of course there are some that need to get a reality check on where they’re at.
“We’re working in training to create a culture – we want players to take ownership over what is happening here.
“But of course it’s the performances on the pitch that will determine where they are at in their careers.”
Things have turned sour at Old Trafford for Solskjaer of late having lost six of their last eight matches across all competitions to crash out of the FA Cup and the Champions League and lose ground in a tense top-four tussle.
And Jenas insists United’s insipid performance at Everton was a far cry from the level needed to secure a seat at Europe’s top table next term, but believes Solskjaer knows just as much going into what could be a busy summer transfer window for the club.
“Woeful. I was very disappointed with what I saw today,” Jenas said in his analysis of United’s display.
“I think a bonus is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw this coming, I think that’s why he said what he had to say in the week, highlighting a couple of players.
“He’s noticed within certain performances they’re not doing enough. Today was almost like the tip of the iceberg. They were shocking from minute one.
“The reaction and intensity to get after players is all half-hearted jogging, ‘I’m gonna half-press. Do I wanna win the header? No.’ Is anyone going to win the second ball? Is anyone going to track back and try and stop the counter-attack situation?
“They were jogging, no-one’s bothered, acres of space in midfield for Idrissa Gueye to pick up the ball, get his head up and have a nice time. The midfield typified everything, [Scott] McTominay came on and gave it a bit of a go but Pogba, that’s a half-hearted press, does Matic want to come out and help or is he going to stay in there?
“If you want to stay in there then fair enough but do it, Sigurdsson – he’s not picking him up, he’s switched off, one ball kills the lot. That typified the day.
“This is the worst part, this goal starts from Everton’s corner from a throw-in; lose the first challenge, lose the second and all of a sudden you’re one-v-one from a throw-in from your own corner.
“How is that possible? From organisation, from work ethic, you can break it down to any level you want to – that’s not a team that’s going for the Champions League.”