Manchester United fell to their consecutive defeat at Goodison Park, as they were played off the park by a solid Everton side, as they fell to their worst defeat on the blue half of Merseyside since 1992.
Liverpool’s draw at West Brom yesterday means United are still seven points clear of fifth place, albeit with a game in hand, but with a difficult trip to Crystal Palace and with Arsenal at home still to come, things could get far from comfortable.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
There is such a thing as victory in defeat. It has been a long time since United fans felt anything other than utter devastation when losing a football match. The final whistle has usually been greeted by despair, despondency and dismay.
Not last week in South West London.
Louis Van Gaal has hinted that Radamel Falcao could return to Monaco in the summer after admitting the Colombian would be a bit-part player at Old Trafford.
Falcao has scored only four Premier League goals in 13 league starts this season and United appear unlikely to invest the £43.4m needed to sign the striker permanently this summer.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted that David De Gea is “the boss” regarding whether he’ll sign a new contract with Manchester United or not.
The Spaniard has been United’s player of the season so far and the in-form keeper in the Premier League, but has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
On Sunday, Manchester United travel to Goodison Park looking to consolidate their third place and to clinch a first win on the blue half of Merseyside in three seasons.
Last season, United were beaten 2-0 by Roberto Martinez’s men, as David Moyes’ return to his old ground proved to be his final game in charge of the club.
David Moyes believes his decision to sign Marouane Fellaini has been vindicated by the Belgian’s turnaround in form this season.
The former Everton man arrived at Old Trafford for £27m on deadline day last season and failed to have any sort of impact in his first season at United, looking hopelessly out of his depth and he soon became to epitomise Moyes’ wretched tenure.
Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will all miss Sunday’s trip to Everton, while Daley Blind is a doubt.
United travel to Goodison Park on Sunday hoping to clinch a first win away at Everton since the 2011-12 season and to consolidate their third place but will have to do so without the trio, who have still not recovered from the injuries that kept them out of last Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Bryan Robson believes Manchester United are still “two to three” signings away from winning the title and mount a serious challenge in Europe.
United are on course to achieve a top-four finish in Louis Van Gaal’s first season at the club and could even finish above Manchester City, even though City’s run-in looks easier on paper.