Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United icon Gary Neville has appeared to aim a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire after claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t have any leaders or characters in his dressing room. The former Red Devils star expressed sympathy for Solskjaer as he discussed his sacking on Sunday.
United’s fifth loss in just seven Premier League games ended up being the last straw for Solskjaer as he was dismissed less than 24 hours after their humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.
With just four points from a possible 27 in the league, United have plummeted from title challengers to seventh place and face a battle to get back into the European picture after a dire two months.
Their poor form was there for all to see after they lost 5-0 to arch-rivals Liverpool, 4-1 to Watford at the weekend and produced their worst performance in years in the 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City.
Solskjaer took a lot of flak for his tactical awareness, defensive coaching and failure to play certain players.
However, the players are not completely free of blame, with Neville suggesting it was their involvements that led to Solskjaer’s sacking.
“I’ve got no doubt that every decision that man [Solskjaer] has made in the last three years he’s been at this club will have been in the best interests of Manchester United,” Neville said on Sky Sports.
“He absolutely loves the club so I’ve got no problems with his effort or his commitment, but he couldn’t get his team out on the pitch in the last two months to play football very well at all.
“They were poor. The players couldn’t bring it upon themselves, which tells you there’s a lack of leaders and characters in the dressing room that can pull together a performance irrespective of the manager’s situation.
“It’s a situation we have seen before in football, it’ll happen again where ultimately it comes to the end of a road and you can see it coming and you’re hoping there’s still that last gasp somewhere.
“You’re hoping that they can find that second wind, that third wind. This was a horrific week. Watford have mauled them, they’ve messed them around, out fought them.
“When Watford do that to you, it spells the end.”
Maguire and Ronaldo are leading figures in the United dressing room but have failed to step up and drag them out of the mess they find themselves in.
United skipper Maguire has had a poor season since his superb Euro 2020 exploits for England, typified by his bizarre sending off against Watford.
Ronaldo has not covered himself in glory either, with just one goal in his last seven Premier League games – which came against an equally poor Tottenham side.
Michael Carrick has now been given the interim role whilst United search for a new manager.
And his first task will be a trip to Villarreal in the Champions League before a game against league leaders Chelsea.
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