Ken Early: Man United's directionless drift under Solskjaer has been decisively exposed

Manager paid the price for putting off politically awkward but necessary decisions about his team

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he accepts full responsibility for the historic, humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool. Video: Reuters

As liquid oxygen is to rockets so passion is to football teams, but disaster is always lurking where volatile fuels are channelled the wrong way. The outstanding recent example in football is Brazil 1-7 Germany in the 2014 World Cup. The hosts knew deep down that the Germans were better, but they believed that they could be battered into submission by Brazilian desire and Brazilian passion.

As the concrete skeleton of the Mineirão stadium shook to the roars of the Brazilian anthem it was almost possible to believe it. Half an hour later Brazil were 5-0 down. Germany seemed to be playing judo with their emotions, turning their energy against them, every Brazilian surge somehow boomeranging back in the form of a deadly German attack.

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