Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has apologised to the club’s fans for their abject performance in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Everton.
United have lost six of their past eight games in all competitions and are sixth in the Premier League.
“From the first whistle, everything went wrong,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“I just want to apologise to the fans. They’re the only people with the badge on today who can hold their head high, because we can’t.”
Speaking to Match of the Day, Solskjaer added: “We were beaten on all aspects today and the only place we beat Everton – I can’t say we beat them – but we had a fantastic support and I just want to apologise for the performance we turned out.”
Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott handed United their biggest defeat of the season in a game where the visitors did not register their first shot on target until the 86th minute.
United are next in action against local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.
“We just didn’t perform. That was not worthy of a Manchester United team,” said the Norwegian, who was appointed permanent manager in March.
“That performance is not good enough for a Manchester United team, from me to players, we let the fans down, we let the club down. That performance is difficult to describe because it is so bad.
“They beat us on all the basics. We were beaten on all the ingredients you need, added to the talent. There is no place you can hide on the pitch.
“We hold our hands up and apologise to everyone associated with the club. We have a perfect chance to make amends on Wednesday.”
The visitors collectively covered 8km less than Everton during the defeat, but Solskjaer said their decision making was a much as to blame as their lack of running.
Asked if his players cared, Solskjaer said: “You have got to ask them. I have asked them. Of course if you want to play at this club, it has to be more.
“I want my team to be the hardest working team in the league, that is what we were under Sir Alex [Ferguson] – [Ryan] Giggs, Becks [David Beckham], Gary Neville, Denis [Irwin] – no matter how much talent you have got, you run more than anyone.
“You can’t change your whole squad. One step at a time. I am going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that.”