Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane took Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 derby win, one point clear of Liverpool with three games left to play, and highlighted the gulf in class between Manchester United and the leaders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 14 of his 19 games while in caretaker charge of the club, but it is now five defeats in seven since he was handed a three-year contract, highlighting the scale of the rebuilding job ahead in the summer.
United now face a tricky task finishing in the top-four, although Arsenal’s loss at Wolves last night will have been well received.
Which of Solskjaer’s squad did themselves justice last night – and which let themselves down?
Man Utd Player Ratings
David De Gea 3
Matteo Darmian 4
Chris Smalling 4
Victor Lindelof 5
Luke Shaw 4
Andreas Pereira 5
Paul Pogba 4
Ashley Young 4
Jesse Lingard 4
Marcus Rashford 5
Romelu Lukaku 5 (Pereira, 72)
Anthony Martial (Lingard, 83)
Alexis Sanchez (Darmian, 83)
“Step by step, we need to make sure we’re on the right track. We can’t linger along for many years”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer said his players need to get used to the pressure of playing for the club.
“That’s what you sign up for when you play for Man United,” he said.
“The expectations, the history. But we are where we are. Step by step, we need to make sure we’re on the right track. We can’t linger along for many years.
“You should be at 100 per cent and it’s my job to have a group and a squad and a team that will do that for us. That’s my job. Who wants to sacrifice enough to be here?”