Man Utd surrender to Watford will live in infamy as day club legend Solskjaer was betrayed and abandoned by players – .

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Man Utd surrender to Watford will live in infamy as day club legend Solskjaer was betrayed and abandoned by players – .


THIS IS a date that will live on in infamy.
On Saturday 20 November, when a good man, a club legend was finally abandoned and betrayed by players he trusted to wear the famous Manchester United shirt.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was again massively abandoned by his own players at WatfordCredit: EPA
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Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo also started the defeats against Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.Credit: Reuters

He constantly told them how lucky they were to put it on and represent the most famous sports team in the world.

They had. They clearly did not.

The 4-1 loss at Watford on Saturday was the biggest mess in the club’s modern history.

A day when the players were happy to see their manager lying around dry.

Yes, the boss had his flaws, which were evident when tested at the highest level.

Still, he deserved better than that – much, much better than that.


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So when fans see the players’ social media posts apologizing, congratulating and thanking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one can only imagine the reaction.

Take this one from skipper @ HarryMaguire93. . .

“You signed me for the best club in the world and gave me the greatest honor in football. Huge respect and forever grateful. Thanks for any boss. Legend. It’s probably best that he, or maybe his social media team, not watch the responses.

The time for action and not for words has come and gone.

The 4-1 loss at Watford on Saturday was the biggest mess in the club’s modern history.

Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford – four shocking performances, four games lost, 15 goals conceded.

Here are the seven players who started them all: David de Gea, Victor Lindelof, Maguire, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Seven players who have been trusted and trusted again.

Seven well-paid players who were part of the most shameful time Red Devils fans can remember.

Leicester was a disastrous defensive performance. Liverpool at home the tactics were all wrong but they were battered and overpowered.

Against Manchester City, it was on the verge of embarrassment, their inability to recover and keep the ball.

‘SHOW RESPECT’

But Watford were a team that stood a place above the relegation zone after winning one of their previous seven games, one that had recently changed managers again.

It was a chance to save the boss, though for the time being.

At least show that you want to play for the boss, show a little respect.

There was none of that.

When the players went to the fans to show their appreciation, you started to wince.

Solskjaer knows what it means to wear the Manchester United shirt, unfortunately not enough of his players have. He’s doing better.

What were they expecting?

Manchester United fans are among the most forgiving. I shake my head in wonder at the standing ovations some players get when they are substituted.

It was amazing how they cheered Solskjaer at half-time in the Champions League home game against Atalanta on October 20 with the side down 2-0.

They would come back and win 3-2.

But you can’t laugh at people’s loyalty.

FAITHFUL FANS

They are some of the most loyal in the world – home, away, in Europe, around the world, every penny earned spent on their club.

I have heard the story of a United fan that bears repeating to describe some people’s dedication to a club.

During the Covid restrictions, as football continued but fans were not allowed in, he would drive from his home in Manchester to any grounds United were playing on, park outside, listen to the radio and was going home.

Even at Brighton twice in five days at the start of last season.

So I guess he was outside Vicarage Road when the players started approaching the fans.

While they expected a warm and indulgent welcome from their devotees, they did not get it.

What they got was one of the most vocal reactions these players will ever get from their own fans.

BRU ARE YOU?

Who does Fernandes think it belongs to?

A player who did a very intelligent disappearance act and whose body language suggests it’s everyone’s fault except his own.

All of this is not going to improve anytime soon. What do you expect from Solskjaer’s trusted assistant, Michael Carrick, now behind the wheel?

Good man too, but how is that going to change anything?

Lose to Villarreal tomorrow and there’s a good chance they’ll leave the Champions League again in the group stage.

The game against top-flight Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday will be watched painfully through their fingers by the faithful.

But they will be there, they are still there, but to take that for granted, as this group has done, is a shame.

Solskjaer knows what it means to wear the Manchester United shirt, unfortunately not enough of his players have.

He’s doing better.

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Solskjaer apologized to loyal Red Devils supportersCredit: Getty
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Michael Carrick will take temporary responsibility until a new manager is foundCredit: AFP

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