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new low Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to fight on despite latest humiliation at Watford

On a day when Solskjaer vowed to ensure his players offered up a positive response, they turned in a humiliating display.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future has come under further doubt (John Walton/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future has come under further doubt (John Walton/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future has come under further doubt (John Walton/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer admitted he was 'very low' after his disastrous reign as the club's manager hit a new low with a 4-1 defeat at Watford.

On a day when Solskjaer vowed to ensure his players offered up a positive response after a series of disastrous displays, they turned in a humiliating display to push the Norwegian to the brink of the sack.

A red card for captain Harry Maguire was merely a sub-plot on day when Watford were allowed to have 20 shots on the United goal and could have won by more.

It feels like it will be matter of time before Solskjaer is replaced as United manager and his voice appeared to be cracking with emotion as he spoke after this latest horror show.

"Very hurt," was how Solskjaer summed up his mood. "When you play in the Premier League you have got to turn up against good players and good opposition like this.

"The boys are in a terrible place in their heads now - we have let ourselves down and the fans down. It's hard to stand here and explain that but that's football and we have to take the flack for it.

"You look at the chances they created and the goals they scored, they out-fought us, they won challenges they won second balls. Nothing you would be surprised about them trying to do. I'm just disappointed we couldn't deal with it better."

When asked whether he feared this would be the final straw for the United board as they consider his future he added: "I've never said I feel safe - I will never say that I feel safe. I work for the club and with the club as hard as I can with a great staff and any conversation between me and the club is not for me and you, it's between us.

"I'm the manager and I will take the flack and take the responsibility - the players are working as hard as they can. The fans are really disappointed I understand we all understand.

"They've supported us through thick and thin, they've been with us through this rebuild. We get to this season after finishing third and second and we sign top players, expectations go up and we've not had a result or the performances.

"They're right to say their opinion, I'm not surprised after a day like this because for the first-half we were way below what we can do and what we should do."

David De Gea was United's best player as he kept the score down on a day when United's defence was shambolic once again, with the Spanish keeper the latest to offer an apology to the club's fans.

"There's not much to say - it was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today," declared De Gea. "It's not acceptable - the way we were playing and doing things. It's easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it's the players. We need to show much more than we are doing.

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"Embarrassing first half - we could've conceded four goals in 45 minutes. It was hard to watch the team playing today - it was nightmare after nightmare. It's not acceptable.

"We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong. You can see in the games - it's very low level, very poor. Sorry to the fans, once again.

"I've been in difficult moments and always believe in myself but there are difficult moments we have to be strong in mind and body. We are paid to play for United and to do better than that.

"This is not Manchester United or the way we ought to play - it's difficult to say more than that.

"It's been very bad for a long time - a club like Man United we have to be fighting for trophies and fighting for big things and to be honest we are far from that. Let's see - we have to keep working hard and stick together. We always say the same things but it's the truth - we have to look at ourselves and see where we can improve."

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