MANCHESTER UNITED FAN VIEW: You will have a hard time finding a single red that thinks Solskjaer should stay
The loss to Watford has pushed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the limit at Manchester United and boos sounded from the visiting winger following a 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Losing 5-0 to Liverpool was irritating, losing so convincingly at Old Trafford to Manchester City was something else, but losing at Watford, who hadn’t picked up a win since Ranieri took over, until today, was something else.
Writer and United fan Scott Patterson of the Republic of Mancunia website, gives an idea of the mood of the fanbase after this latest humiliation and why there is no turning back for Solskjaer …
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (center) hangs in the balance after Manchester United’s defeat at Watford
Goalkeeper David de Gea called it shameful that the rich team lost 4-1
Watford had lost four of their last five games in the run-up to Saturday afternoon’s game against Manchester United.
The impressive 5-2 win over Everton, sandwiched between those poor results, seemed like a strange anomaly that was unlikely to be repeated. But then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made the trip to Vicarage Road.
The first half made the United manager’s press conference the day before more embarrassing with every minute that passed.
He had claimed that they had tackled the huge failures that had seen his side beaten up by rivals Liverpool and Manchester City before the international break.
“We have corrected some things, we have fixed some things,” he said. Of course, we made sure to prioritize a couple of things that needed to be improved to the maximum. I am sure that tomorrow we will see a reaction and a good performance from the team. ‘
If Watford were half decent they would have been four or five goals ahead after the first 45 minutes.
They opened United time and time again, and United players created more opportunities for opponents to score than for themselves. The humiliation was delayed thanks to Watford repeatedly falling at the last hurdle.
David de Gea saved Bruno Fernandes’ blushes, twice, when he saved from the penalty spot after the Portuguese midfielder sliced the ball towards goal, leading to the decision to shoot from the spot.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka could have knocked out a loose ball for a goal kick, but instead headed in again to help set up Watford’s first goal, with United escaping a well-deserved deficit before that point, despite of his wayward passes and his careless concession. of possession in his own half.
The center-pair of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof clearly felt that marking players in their box was unnecessary, as Josh King received a free header and then there was no attempt to close the gap as Ismaïla Sarr put his club 2-0 in front. .
Critics of Harry Maguire came out in force when his miserable afternoon ended with a red card
Former United captain Roy Keane called Maguire’s goal celebrations for England ‘shameful’
DAVID DE GEA LEFT FURIOUS IN DEFEAT
It’s not acceptable, the way we played and did things. It’s easy to blame the coach or the staff, but sometimes it’s the players. We need to show a lot more of what we are doing, ‘he said.
‘Shameful first half, we could have conceded four goals in 45 minutes. It was difficult watching the team play today, it was nightmare after nightmare. Is not acceptable.
We are trying to do our best and fight for the team, but surely something is going very wrong. You can see in the games: it is very low level, very poor. I feel sorry for the fans, one more time. ‘
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One of the few positives of the afternoon was Jadon Sancho’s performance in the second half and it was his ball to Cristiano Ronaldo, who selflessly headed the center, leading to United’s only goal of the match. Substitute Donny van de Beek, whom Solskjaer has largely overlooked during his time at the club, scored a touch and made a change he could be proud of.
The momentum was with United at this point and you wouldn’t have been surprised to see them get an undeserved draw or even win. But Captain Maguire had other ideas. A sloppy first touch saw him pounce on Tom Cleverley in an attempt to regain possession, but he failed to win the ball and was deservedly shown a second yellow card.
Roy Keane had been scathing in celebrating Maguire’s goal against Albania for England, as the defender dropped to his knees and cupped his ears, as if all the criticism of his egregious demonstrations with United over the past month weren’t entirely. deserved.
“ I think he puts his hands to his ears like he’s shutting up the critics, but I think that’s embarrassing, ” Keane said. ITV.
“The last few months have been a shame for Manchester United. If he thinks [when] he notes that he is going to silence his critics … shameful. ‘
The embarrassment was only intensified by that expulsion, which ultimately stopped United in their tracks, in a game they lost 4-1.
Bruno Fernandes reached out to fans full-time to insist that Solskjaer isn’t the only one to blame for this.
However, the most irritating moment of all was Solskjaer’s slap with the disgraced captain as he left the field.
Maguire disappointed the team and fans terribly, once again, and Saturday’s result will likely cost the coach his job, but Mr. Good Guy still couldn’t get the pushback Maguire deserved.
That moment perfectly sums up what Solskjaer’s United have become, with him offering too many opportunities and excuses for his failed players, too fearful of making brave decisions for the good of the team. Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Fred and Scott McTominay have been lousy for most of this season, but they have remained in the starting lineup.
In the long run, though, Maguire probably did Solskjaer a favor, as scoring points on Saturday would have extended the coach’s time in charge, when it’s been clear for some time that it’s time for him to leave.
After leading his team to runner-up in the league last season, denied a trophy on a sudden death penalty shootout, it would have been less humiliating for the manager and less destructive for the club, if Solskjaer had gone ahead in the summer. .
He did a good job, stabilizing a dysfunctional post-Mourinho boat and making some good signings. A genuine title challenge was beyond his capabilities, but it transformed the depressing culture at the club for a time.
However, it is time for Solskjaer to go, there is no one in the fanbase who wants to see him stay.
But enough is enough.
As the players and the coach applauded the fans traveling full time, Fernandes, who had a bad smell, indicated that it was the players who should face the brunt of criticism. And he’s right, players have to accept the responsibility of being unable to find a teammate from a few meters away, not marking opponents in the area, shooting the ball miles above the bar when shooting, but it is Solskjaer who choose the team and give instructions on how to play.
While it is to be expected that any professional footballer will do the things that United players seem incapable of doing so often, the coach has to bear the ultimate responsibility for the lack of direction on the field.
The vitriol directed at Ole on social media is a stain on the club’s support, and his legendary status deserves more respect, but you’ll have a hard time finding a single red who thinks Solskjaer should remain in office now.
It’s a sad ending to a period that has brought United fans so much joy, a genuine hero in the club leading the team to so many significant victories, but Solskjaer, the players and the fans need to come out of their misery now and he must be relieved of their duties.
But Solskjaer’s departure from the club will not solve United’s problems. As long as the Glazers own the club, United will be in trouble. There is no quick fix and no obvious candidate available to take over. Taking Ole out is an unavoidable decision, but it won’t solve the decline that has been allowed to take place at Old Trafford for the past decade or more.