Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of a lack of motivation as they slumped to their heaviest league defeat of his reign at Everton.
James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas found the net as United stumbled to successive defeats for the first time under the Dutchman.
United had 65 per cent possession and 17 attempts, but they were unable to break down a compact Everton team, who exposed the visitors’ weak defence on the counter.
Van Gaal has rarely criticised his players in the second half of the season, but it was a different story yesterday.
The United boss said he could tell his team was not up for the fight from their relaxed attitude in the warm-up.
The 3-0 defeat – Everton’s biggest over United in 23 years – therefore came as no surprise to the man in the away dugout.
“This is the first match that the other team have shown more fighting spirit than us,” Van Gaal said.
“Our motivation, inspiration and aggression was not as high as the opponent.
“I had already the feeling and my colleagues Ryan Giggs and Albert Stuivenberg had the feeling because the warm up was not so good as usual.
“In the last minutes before the game you hope you can recover and stimulate your players but then it is too late.
“When you see the goal after four minutes, three duels in a row we lost and that is an example. I hope it shall not happen again but as a coach I know it shall happen again.”