Everton suffered their second defeat on the bounce at the hands of title-chasing City thanks to goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus.
The Toffees’ latest setback has severely dented their hopes of qualifying for the next season’s Europa League.
Defeat to City was by no means an embarrassment but the club’s tweet confirming their latest loss certainly was.
On the stroke of full-time, Everton’s official Twitter account tweeted out a graphic with the scoreline.
However, the aforementioned graphic featured a picture of two of their players celebrating.
The players snapped in the embarrassing gaffe were Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse, who were celebrating the Iceland international’s goal against Crystal Palace last February.
It was joked by some Twitter users that Everton were happy to see Liverpool knocked off top spot.
The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with one of Tom Davies speeding away from Bernardo Silva.
The gaffe didn’t go unnoticed, though, with one Toffee fan tweeting: “Surprised you deleted this, should be celebrating only losing 2 goal difference.”
Somewhat surprisingly, most of the tweets replying to the final score didn’t acknowledge the schoolboy error, they lambasted the already under-fire Silva.
“Nice one Silva,” one irate fan tweeted. “Your management style lost us that. Like it has lost us many games this season.
“I really don’t think I can be bothered going the match again knowing that every opposition set piece is going to result in a goal. You’re a joke.”
Another furious fan slammed club chiefs for their decisions over the last few years.
“Two seasons still no striker why?” the angry supporter wrote. “Who actually went after Silva and why? No point having a long term plan when we can’t score or defend! Club has no direction no leadership no standards no passion! You owe the supporters so much more be ashamed very ashamed.”
Everton have now lost eight of their last 13 league matches, winning just three, and keeping just two clean sheets since the start of December.
They have also only scored 15 goals – five of which came at Burnley on Boxing Day – during that spell.
Against City, Silva left out his top two scorers in Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, with 10 and nine league goals respectively, as he changed formation to a 4-4-1-1. It seems likely both will be recalled for an anticipated acrimonious return to his former club Watford at the weekend.
Silva now has to find a way of reproducing the work-rate displayed against City while still posing a threat as his side managed just one shot on target.
Midfielder Tom Davies said: ”We will be working hard to try to sort that out and look to go to Watford and get the three points.
“It’s been a tough period for us really. In all aspects, we just haven’t been able to get the performances together as a team and a group.
“Every day we’re trying to work on it and come up with solutions but it’s been hard.
“We’ve had a close few games where, if decisions or goals had gone our way, we might have got ourselves out of it but nothing has fallen our way.
“If we put in a similar performance (against Watford) we will cause them problems.”