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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired: Gary Neville says Man United owners have been ‘caught’

Manchester United ‘shattered’, Glazers ‘caught’ and could be ‘beaten’ at Chelsea … Gary Neville’s conviction on his former club as he reacts to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked as Manchester United manager
  • Saturday’s 4-1 humiliation at Watford turned out to be the final straw for the Norwegian.
  • Gary Neville believes United owners have been ‘trapped’ by poor results
  • United don’t have a replacement ready with Michael Carrick now as interim
  • Neville fears United will be ‘beaten’ by league leaders Chelsea next week
  • LIVE: Follow the latest news from Old Trafford following United’s sacking of Solskjaer


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Gary Neville believes that Manchester United’s ‘undecided’ owners have been ‘caught’ by the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and things could get much worse before they get better.

Solskjaer was fired by United on Sunday morning in the wake of a humiliating loss at Watford, which was his fifth loss in seven Premier League games during a steamy run.

With no permanent replacement ready to go, United have installed Michael Carrick as interim for upcoming games against Villarreal and Chelsea, with Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers as potential candidates to succeed Solskjaer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by Manchester United after their defeat at Watford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by Manchester United after their defeat at Watford

Former United defender Gary Neville believes United owners have been 'caught'

Former United defender Gary Neville believes United owners have been 'caught'

Former United defender Gary Neville believes United owners have been ‘caught’

Club legend Neville said the United team is “in tatters” and fears they will be “beaten” against league leaders Chelsea next Sunday.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: ‘I don’t want to stab the owners with the knife, but I’ve had enough.

“The club works well from a business point of view, but culturally, from a football point of view, it leaves a lot to be desired and they have been caught.

“ They were undecided: before the international breakup they should have made the change, if they were going to do it.

“Getting to the end of the season was the right plan, but it was clear that the players were not responding to the coach. They didn’t dislike it, but sometimes you just can’t comply.

“When the results are that bad, you end up going.”

Neville believes United owners (Joel Glazer, pictured) have been 'surprised' by poor form

Neville believes United owners (Joel Glazer, pictured) have been 'surprised' by poor form

Neville believes United owners (Joel Glazer, pictured) have been ‘surprised’ by poor form

First team coach Michael Carrick (center) will replace Solskjaer for the next few games before the club appoints an interim coach for the remainder of the season.

First team coach Michael Carrick (center) will replace Solskjaer for the next few games before the club appoints an interim coach for the remainder of the season.

First team coach Michael Carrick (center) will replace Solskjaer for the next few games before the club appoints an interim coach for the remainder of the season.

The former United defender added: ‘I have no doubt that every decision Ole has made in three years will have been in the best interests of Man United, he loves the club, but he couldn’t get his team out onto the pitch to play football.’ ‘. very good at all.

‘They were really poor. Players bring it to themselves, which tells you about the lack of leaders and characters. We’ve seen it before, it will happen again. You see it coming.

You hope they find a second wind, but it never came. This was a horrible week, they didn’t make it past first base. Watford has mistreated them, he has spoiled them and that means the end.

Solskjaer leaves his post at Old Trafford almost three years after joining, initially temporarily, following the bitter dismissal of José Mourinho.

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

Despite the huge outlay in the transfer market for players like Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, he couldn’t get a tune out of the team this season.

“I always say that coaches deserve two, three years and Ole can’t complain,” Neville added.

‘It was backed in the market. David Moyes is eight months old. You will be hugely disappointed to be unable to deliver performance, we all expected so much more.

“Only he and the players will understand what went wrong. Why, after progressing last season and the previous one, did they start to unravel in the last few weeks?

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

“ It does not seem that they have ever seen or passed the ball.

You talk about having to integrate the template. They are in pieces and everywhere. He will be sad in the end, but he should be proud.

‘The club was in a dark place after José and now at least the players are good guys who are not playing. But they will be mistreated on live TV if they don’t prepare for Chelsea. ‘

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