SUNDAY TIMES WEB DESK:Liverpool and Manchester City refuse to cede ground in statistically the greatest Premier League title race of all-time.

However, behind the top two posting huge points tallies, the fallibilities of the four chasers for the remaining two Champions League places means that race is just as close as Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal all suffered defeats.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began the weekend with talk of a rebuild and reality check for some of his players.

However, even the Norwegian seemed taken aback by the scale of the job on his hands after a 4-0 thrashing at Everton to condemn United to a sixth defeat in eight games.

“If you want to play at this club, it has to mean more,” said a scathing Solskjaer of his side’s display at Goodison Park.

“We can’t change the whole squad, it has to be one step at a time but I said all along, I’m going to be successful here and there are players who won’t be part of that successful team.”