Watford 4-1 Manchester United LIVE highlights and reaction as pressure grows on Ole Gunner Solskjaer

Watford 4-1 Manchester United.
Watford 4-1 Manchester United.

Pressure builds on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Manchester United lost 4-1 to Watford in the Premier League meeting on Saturday afternoon.

United have lost five of their last seven Premier League games, and the Norwegian knows that an urgent change in his destiny is required if he is to keep the coach's job at Old Trafford.

Watford were two goals ahead at halftime thanks to goals from Joshua King and Ismaila Sarr despite missing two penalty kicks, but kicking off a revival with Donny van de Beek instead of United.

Harry Maguire was kicked out in the second half before the final goals from Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis secured a decisive win for the Hornets, putting even more pressure on manager Solskjaer.

It would be no exaggeration to describe this as the worst performance of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. The scale of incompetence was simply remarkable.

It also puts United in as bad a position as they ever were, seventh in the league after 12 games, but with just four points from seven games and despite the highest pay bill in football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The contrast between that and Watford should of course mean that the story is about Claudio Ranieri's brilliant and enthusiastic team, but it's hard not to reduce that even to how bad United are.

Everyone screwed up with David De Gea and of course Donny van de Beek who scored. Cristiano Ronaldo was now just missing the chance. Harry Maguire received two yellow cards in seven minutes and was the most ridiculous of the second yellow cards. The middle half, like his team, got in trouble.

Leading by example. This time there were no fingers on the ears. Strangely, he got a high five from Solskjaer.

Manchester United transfer news LIVE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked with Fletcher to come in

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future as Manchester United manager is in the balance as some of the club's most seniors have lost faith in him following Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Watford.

The fifth defeat in seven Premier League games left United 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and put further pressure on Solskjaer, a series of results and performances that shocked and worried board members.

United's board has so far ignored the growing voice calls for Solskjaer to be sacked after a minor 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool and a 2-0 derby loss to Manchester City in early November.

If United decide to sack Solskjaer, they are determined to do so in a respectful way because of his position at the club, which precludes the possibility of such a decision being made away.

Solskjaer was booed by a string of United fans away at Vicarage Road as he approached them full-time on Saturday, but midfielder Bruno Fernandes seemed to be trying to channel their frustrations into the players.

Goalkeeper David de Gea called the defeat "embarrassing" but added: "It's easy to blame the manager or staff, but sometimes it's the players."

When asked what this result means for his future, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: "I work for the club and with the club. Of course we have good communication and if the club is thinking of having something like a conversation between us."

"I've always been confident but it's a tough time for us right now. I can count on everyone out there to give what they have, but the results are tough.

“I believe we can turn this around.

“I understand the fans who have always supported the club and have been great over the past few years. It's been a tough time, we've had a tough time since Sir Alex left and the fans who have been here - ever since I've been here - have been incredible.

"They got it, the signings this summer raised expectations, rightfully so, because we brought in some of the best players and finished second last year, we hoped to start.

"At the moment we can't find our form and it's their right to show their opinion. But Bruno is a very passionate man and knows that football can change quickly."

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