It has got to the stage now, sadly, where opposing fans see Solskjaer as their secret weapon. They want him to stay more than United supporters. The chants felt cruel, as the chants of opposing fans often do. It also felt as if they signalled a tipping point in Solskjaer’s reign at the club. Late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo against Atalanta are just camouflage.
This game was seen by some as Solskjaer’s last chance to reassert his authority at United and salvage his job as the pressure builds upon him but it only served to emphasise the yawning chasm that exists between these two teams.
Yes, the gap between them was only three points before the match but the performances told a different story. City are in a different league from this United side. City may only have won 2-0 but the gulf in class was embarrassing.
City were not at their best but they were still utterly dominant. If it had not been for a brilliant display by David de Gea, City’s margin of victory would have been far greater. United will not win the title this season. That much is crystal clear but the question remains whether the United hierarchy have the appetite or the ambition to do anything about it.