After yet another disappointing Premier League defeat at Watford Vicarage Road, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager is close to being fired
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In the build-up to this game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been forgiven for picturing a scenario in which he’d leave Sir Elton John’s favourite stadium humming ‘I’m Still Standing’ on the back of a critic-quietening victory.
However, the cold reality of the situation was much more dire and the Manchester United manager, as he left Vicarage Road last evening, will have known that this defeat could have been his final.
United were extremely dismal, especially during the first half.
And although there was the slightest improvement after the break, it really wasn’t much better.
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United was not able to hold on when Joao Pedro, Emmanuel Dennis and Joshua King added their goals in the second-half.
“Nightmare after nightmare after nightmare,” said keeper David De Gea. “It was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did.”
It will be a sight that no one can miss.
Claudio Ranieri, Watford, and Claudio Ranieri are both to be commended for their outstanding performances with the Hornets.
Despite the Hornets’ excellent performance, United’s performance was not acceptable for a club this size.
There was hope in the United hierarchy that they would be able to wait till the summer to make any significant changes.
However, it seems unavoidable to pull the trigger on Solskjaer.
Certain, there were some United fans who made Solskjaer leave to avoid the traveling supporters at the final. They want him to go.
They verbally abused him and moved for him to get out.
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Bruno Fernandes, who was as guilty as anyone wearing a United shirt for displaying a turgid display but gestured back to them in defense of his boss, received an earful.
It had been a merciless afternoon for the Norwegian and United’s miserable fans, with ‘Ole’s at the wheel, at the wheel…’ sung gleefully by home fans in both halves.
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Solskjaer can be liked and one feels sympathy for him.
But he’s a man enough to understand the rules of football and will be able to recognize a team which hardly looks like it’s playing for its manager.
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This was actually a group that didn’t play for their manager anymore and they had rings around them.
United’s fans called for Donny van de Beek after 30 minutes and Solskjaer obliged them at the break, sending him on for Scott McTominay and hooking Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial.
It did improve slightly after half-time with Van De Beek halving the deficit but United, even with their star-studded squad, didn’t have enough in the locker to haul them back in.
They will face Villarreal in Tuesday’s Champions League. The big question is now whether Solskjaer will be there.