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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is running out of time at ManUnited

It was after an hour of this historically humiliating defeat to Liverpool that thousands of Manchester United fans decided they could take no more

An aerial shot of Old Trafford showed hordes of them streaming out of the ground and making their way home early along Sir Matt Busby Way.

At this point their side was losing 5-0 and it would stay like that to hand Liverpool their biggest win over United for nearly a century.

Liverpool fans savoured every moment and serenaded these departing fans with ironic chants of “Ole is at the wheel,” and “Ole must stay.”

Down below them the embattled United manager ignored the Liverpool fans’ further requests to give them a wave as he stared out on to the pitch.

But all his desperate instructions and grimaces made no difference as he watched his side fall to a defeat he would later say represented both “rock bottom” and his “darkest day” as manager of Manchester United.

It was a shambolic and devastating experience for Solskjaer, and it is difficult to see how the Norwegian survives for too much longer in his job.

However, the word from inside Old Trafford remains that Solskjaer is under no pressure and he will not be sacked in the coming days.

The club awarded him with a new three-year contract in July this year and expect him to come through this difficult spell and prosper this season.

But there is scant evidence this will happen, and in fact the opposite is occurring, and United have got steadily worse throughout this campaign.

It began with the false optimism of their opening day 5-1 demolition of Leeds United, followed by the excitement of Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing and his second debut against Newcastle United when United recorded a 4-1 win.

Since United beat West Ham at the end of September they have taken just a single point from their next four league games.

There was always a creeping fear United would be exposed when they played a team from the top six, and this is exactly what happened against Liverpool.

The most damning part of this defeat is Jurgen Klopp’s men strolled to their 5-0 victory without even playing that well.

They scored their fifth goal after 49 minutes, and then saw out the last 41 minutes of the game without wishing to trouble United again.

A highly motivated and organised group of players had simply taken advantage of United lacking these same qualities.

Liverpool made 645 successful passes while United made less than half that with 321 as they struggled to play with any obvious plan or structure.

United dithered in defence, went missing in midfield and offered almost nothing in attack.

They were a mess and made a host of basic errors; their players easily pulled out of position, failing to track back or close down their opponents.

Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire looked like shadows of the world-class players they appeared to be only a matter of months ago at Euro 2020 as Liverpool, and particularly Mo Salah feasted on their indecision.

This will be a long and uncomfortable week for Solskjaer before his side travel to London to face Tottenham next Saturday.

He will be looking for answers, some glimmers of hope, but at the present moment there are precious few of them.