Manchester United suffered an embarrassing fifth away loss on the bounce as they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
A sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men means they remain two points adrift of the top four in sixth and trigger questions about the form of the team.
Everton, chasing seventh, which could provide a route into next season’s Europa League, made a flying start as Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson struck inside the first 28 minutes.
Lucas Digne’s sweet strike and Theo Walcott’s goal completed Everton’s biggest win over United since 1984.
United could easily fall five points off the Champions League places should Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at home later on Sunday and Chelsea win when they host Burnley on Monday.
After suffering their third consecutive PL away defeat for the first time since 1996, Man Utd remain sixth, two points behind fifth-placed Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s task in turning United’s fortunes around does not get any easier as title-chasing Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.