The fact Manchester United beat Everton today is a total irrelevance.
And it won’t matter now if they go and win their next four or five games, either.
Because Wednesday’s Champions League defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir was the tipping point for Old Trafford manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
And, if the passage of play which saw Demba Ba score for the Turks doesn’t lead to the Norwegian getting the sack, then I’m not sure what will.
If 35-year-old Ba had been allowed to score that goal in a Power League game you’d have been screaming at your team-mates.
It was a dreadful moment for Solskjaer and one that epitomised the Under-11-isation of the professional game, which has been seeping in for 15 years now.
So many managers just want to play pretty, attacking football without accepting that defending is every bit as much a part of the game.
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They don’t seem to give their players any responsibility to have a defensive structure, to have any cohesion, or to communicate with each other.
The fact United’s players allowed a situation to arise whereby every one of them bar Dean Henderson, the keeper, was not just in the opposition’s half but in the second third of it was mind-boggling.
And it was quite incredible that veteran Ba was able to pick up the ball and canter to score a goal without anybody seeming to want to stop him.
At the very least you need players to want to defend, or to acknowledge there is an issue somewhere on the field and to take responsibility to sort it. But no one in a United shirt showed any desire on those fronts.
There was nothing to criticise United for in early Champions League matches at Paris Saint-Germain, where they won 2-1, or at home to RB Leipzig, who they thrashed 5-0.
But what we saw in Istanbul suggested quite clearly that this is a team you can’t trust.
What shocked me most was just how inept they were overall against a team of Champions League newbies.
Solskjaer should have told his players, who were hoping to bounce back from a dismal 1-0 home defeat by Arsenal, that the game required one of his side’s most committed performances of the season.
A solid win would have told supporters that, from one to 11, the players were behind the boss and that he is a coach who can put out teams to get results in Europe’s premier competition. But I didn’t see that.
What I saw was another example of a team doing what Arsenal started doing under Arsene Wenger, which was to try to play five-a-side football on an 11-a-side pitch.
Ultimately, Wenger couldn’t make it work as Pep Guardiola has done at Manchester City, but Guardiola has done it by spending £1billion-plus on players.
Football has always been about finding a balance between attack and defence. Unless you can do both, you won’t win anything.
Yet United, one of England’s great clubs, one of Europe’s great clubs, sent out 11 players – all on massive money – who gave their opponents free rein because they didn’t do their jobs properly.
Many teams across the Premier League are guilty of ignoring the defensive side of the game and it seems to be happening in Europe too.
But what it says about United specifically is that there is now only one way forward, and that is to tell the under-pressure manager: “Ole, we love you, but we are going to let you go.”
Let’s not forget that the team that dominated football for so long started the weekend in 15th spot in the Premier League.
Ed Woodward needs to pick up the phone and get former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in now.
Because if he doesn’t, then United’s decline will only continue.
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