History appears to be repeating itself for Manchester United, who saw their Champions League ambitions renewed after a defeat at Goodison Park in April by Everton
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Already in April 2019, Manchester United became 4-0 humiliated by Everton at Goodison Park as their hopes of securing one Champions League Qualifying place suffered a significant setback. Three years later, the Red Devils experience a frightening case of deja vu.
While Saturday’s result was far less shocking, the way was the damaging 1-0 loss to the Toffees evoked many parallels and will give cause for concern. The recent defeat leaves United in seventh place First League Six points behind fourth place Tottenham with only seven games to play.
United three years ago – then managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Failed to achieve their goal of qualifying for the Champions League, with an April defeat at Goodison playing a role. Now, with Ralf Rangnick at the helm, history seems to be repeating itself.
Similar to the performance against everton Back in 2019, United were tackled and outplayed by the Toffees on Saturday as they were punished for their lackluster performance. Gary Neville has called his former side “a joke” after the recent setback, but one might have thought his comments were made three years ago in relation to this weekend’s defeat.
In April 2019, Neville slammed: “I’m furious to be honest. I’ve said many times about clubs for the past seven years, if you have weeds in your garden, get rid of them.
“But at this football club there are some Japanese knotweeds that are attacking the foundations of the house and need to be dealt with properly. That performance today was rancid.”
After the recent loss to Everton, Neville’s comments ring as true now as they did then. United appeared incoherent again on Saturday and are in dire need of change this summer – and a whole lot of gardening.
While a new coach at the end of the season is a guarantee, staffing adjustments will certainly need to be made as well. United’s current side lack cohesion and unity and it will certainly take more than one new man at the helm to put the club back on that path to success that they so covet.
The Scot lamented United’s lack of effort and intensity, blaming them for “doing it all” in a disastrous 2018-19 season that saw Solskjaer’s side finish sixth, five points behind Tottenham in fourth, as a costly defeat to have”. Again, the comments are incredibly apt.
That day, Souness explained: “This was a team in their armchairs – not a team trying to qualify for the Champions League.
Little seems to have changed in three years. United still seem to have “weeds in the garden”, they’re still enduring a groundhog day at Goodison Park and they’re still faltering in their pursuit of a top four finish.
The latest defeat points to a striking lack of progress in recent years and underscores the extent of United’s plight. Saturday was a striking case of history repeating itself and in regards to their hopes of securing Champions League football, United will not please what comes next.
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