Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to answer some tough questions after Manchester United's humiliating defeat to Everton.
Although the Red Devils had been fighting some difficult form anyway, their 4-0 thrashing at Goodison Park was a nadir in the post-Jose Mourinho era and perhaps the season as a whole.
Goals from Richarlsion, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott ensured United suffered their biggest loss to a team outside of the top six since 2014.
It also confined the club to their sixth defeat in just eight games, raising serious questions about the decision to appoint Solskjaer as the permanent manager.
How he responds to the Everton defeat will be the biggest test of his leadership yet and the club legend seemed visibly upset during the post-match press conference.
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Solskjaer told the media: "Of course, if you want to play at this club, it has to mean more. We can't change the whole squad, it’s one step at a time.
"I've said all along I’m going to be successful here. There are players there who won't be part of that successful team but there are players there, of course, who will be.”
The United boss will be looking for an immediate reaction from his players, but that certainly won't be easy with league leaders Manchester City making the trip to Old Trafford.
Solskjaer's dressing room message
However, just minutes after the full-time whistle on Merseyside, Solskjaer already had his focus on the Manchester derby and issued a stark message to his players.
According to The Sun, Solskjaer told his players that they need to show 'fight' against City or they should leave the club this summer.
The report explains that the 46-year-old made three key points during his Everton dressing room speech - which go as follows:
- 'Told the players to show fight in the Manchester derby or get out.'
- 'Said the stunning win over Paris Saint-Germain now meant nothing.'
- 'Questioned their passion and whether they wanted to be in the top four.'
It seems Solskjaer is royally frustrated with the demeanour of his squad and given the tepid nature of his defeat at the weekend, it's pretty hard to argue with him.
The report goes on to explain that Solskjaer told players who weren't up for the City match that they 'would not be part of his plans next season.'
A pretty strong warning and it reiterates the expectation of 100% effort from United players, regardless of whether a win could benefit Liverpool in the title race.
Ahead of the derby, Solskjaer outlined: “A big, big part of being a Man United player is that you can deal with the pressure and be a leader.
“There have been some words said — the truth of course — and there are players there that stand up and show they want to help take this club forward.”
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