Manchester United have now lost seven of their last nine games in all competitions, their worst run of results since 1962.
Wednesday night’s humbling home defeat to neighbours Manchester City was further evidence of how far behind Pep Guardiola’s side and Liverpool United now trail when it comes to challenging for the biggest prizes.
Not just in terms of talent, quality and personnel, but also in attitude, work ethic and forward planning.
It promises to be another summer of upheaval at United, where Solskjaer has a rebuilding project to start that is almost on a par with the one being organised for the Notre Dame cathedral.
Solskjaer continues to shuffle his pack in a bid to arrest the alarming slide, but the simple fact remains that whoever he picks, the majority of them are just not up to the challenge ahead.
From the team he selected to start against City, here is a brief resume of what should happen to them before the start of next season.
David De Gea – His form has dropped off alarmingly and he looks like someone who has made his mind up he needs a new challenge. De Gea has been brilliant for United, so he owes them nothing and club bosses should cash in now and sell him to the highest bidder. SELL.
Matteo Darmian – Arrived as an Italian international but has looked anything but. Cannot hold down a regular place irrespective of who the manager is. SELL.
Chris Smalling – Has delivered a few strong performances this season but if United need a defence capable of stopping the best sides at home and abroad, he shouldn’t be in it. SELL.
Victor Lindelof – One of the few pluses this season. Now capable of maturing into a top class centre back following a difficult start to life at United. KEEP.
Luke Shaw – Like Lindelof, has emerged from the carnage with credit. Still has age on his side and the ability to be a top class left back. KEEP.
Ashley Young – The England international has been a loyal servant, but is now showing his age. He doesn’t have the energy to fulfil one of the most demanding roles in the team. SELL.
Fred – The man with one name and one dimension. Staggeringly overpriced at £52m and also overrated. Midfield is where a game is won and lost and he has been hopeless. SELL.
Paul Pogba – There is a world class player in there. Surround him with equal talent, play him in his best position and he can grow into one of the fulcrums of the team. KEEP.
Andreas Pereira – Has had limited chances to prove himself, which speaks volumes for how much he is trusted to shine on the biggest stage. He wont cut the mustard. SELL.
Jesse Lingard – Not his best game against City, but he has undoubted ability to unlock defences and the precious gift of scoring big goals. Too good to lose. KEEP.
Marcus Rashford – A precocious talent. Unfazed by the challenge and will develop into a leader of men. He needs tying down to a new, long term contract immediately. KEEP.