DANNY MURPHY: The Manchester United board must act NOW to break the cycle of loss of confidence … the loss to Watford seemed like the last nail in the coffin and I would be stunned if Solskjaer were to return to the United bench.
- It is clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that Watford’s match was the last
- The loss was embarrassing and I would be surprised if he returned to the United bench.
- Manchester United players will benefit from having someone else take over
From the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer acted on the final whistle at Vicarage Road, I think he suspected it was his last match in charge of Manchester United.
From where I was sitting it looked like a pretty strong last nail in the coffin and if the club is going to move forward, there is no point in delaying.
I appreciate that they have a great Champions night at Villarreal on Tuesday, but having been in the locker room myself, I don’t think having a new voice picking up next door and speaking to the team is detrimental.
Judging from his body language, it is clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that time is up.
Manchester United players will benefit from having someone else take over the club
It can’t be worse than what happened in recent weeks because the collapse in form and confidence of those United players has been contagious.
From experience, having someone else, even an interim coach, will be a relief to the players because the constant pressure created by the talk about Solskjaer’s future will have been removed. Then they can go out and play freely, find a new spirit.
The board obviously gave Solskjaer the benefit of the doubt after the beatings by Liverpool and Manchester City because they are two of the best teams in the area. But you can’t say that about Watford. It was an embarrassment for a club of United’s reputation.
And I was not surprised because it is not easy for a coach to change the performance of players so completely from one week to the next.
I would be stunned if Solskjaer were on the bench for United again. They were beaten by City, but Watford was an even bigger problem because they seemed devoid of direction against opponents they should be defeating.
Saturday’s loss was United’s fifth in just seven games as they continue their poor form.
It’s a vicious cycle, trust is depleted, you get criticized, trust is depleted even more, and the manager cannot change the trend.
No one is a better example than Captain Harry Maguire.
After two good games and a pair of goals for England, he loses the ball in comfortable possession and then, trying to correct his mistake, is sent off.
It represents the team and why Watford was the point of no return for Solskjaer.