The wheel seems to be taking off for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. The pressure on the Norwegian manager reached new levels on Saturday after the team’s latest Premier League setback suffered a 4-1 loss to struggling Watford.
The result was poor enough, but the performance was so weak – before two late goals padded the scoreline for Watford – that it left Solskjaer’s future in serious doubt, with United falling to seventh in the standings .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologizes to Manchester United fans in full as Man United suffer embarrassing 4-1 loss to Watford pic.twitter.com/Tlt5dKaqfi
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Unlike United, Chelsea again showed they are a real title contender this season by consolidating their lead atop the standings with a 3-0 win at Leicester.
Liverpool were playing Arsenal later in the day’s marquee matchup.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard began his reign as Aston Villa manager with a 2–0 win over Brighton, while his predecessor Dean Smith led his new team Norwich with a 2–1 home win against Southampton in the final. Looked out of place.
His popularity with fans has enabled Solskjaer to ride past the underperformance – whose chants of “Oles at the wheel” demonstrated confidence in the former striker’s ability to turn United into a title challenger. , However, whenever United struggle, that line is met with glee by fans – which is becoming more and more frequent.
It was United’s fifth defeat in their last seven Premier League games – coming in for the previous two biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
1989 – Manchester United suffer their biggest league defeat since September 1989 against a promoted side since a 5–1 loss against Manchester City at Main Road. collapse. #watmun
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This one could have been worse, but Ismaila Sarr missed two chances to convert the opening penalty – both saved by David de Gea – after the first was withdrawn due to an encroachment.
Joshua King still put Watford ahead in 28th and Sarr made amends for Claudio Ranieri’s team by netting in second just before the halftime break.
Solskjaer responded by making two halftime replacements – including the replacement of the less-used Donny van de Beek, who has struggled to find chances under the Norwegian since signing for United last year. The Dutch midfielder responded by pulling back a goal in the 50th after being set up by Cristiano Ronaldo.
United captain Harry Maguire, sent for a second yellow card after a clumsy challenge in the 69th, was dismissed for offside shortly after Ronaldo equalized. Watford then added two goals in injury time and completed Root.
Ole High 5s Maguire after that red card. It tells you everything you need to know about this club. pic.twitter.com/yc88Opo6aD
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New Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, had to watch from home as his team came twice from behind and drew 3-3 with newcomer Brentford.
Meanwhile, according to a report in Times Sport, United have called an emergency board meeting to discuss Solskjaer’s dismissal as manager. A virtual meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET with the terms of Solskjaer’s compensation on his agenda.
The report also stated that the Glazer family has instructed club officials to further intensify efforts to persuade Zinedine Zidane to take over the managerial position in the middle of the season, thereby offering United financially a three-time Champions League title. Move over to the winning coach.