Maguire: The players MUST take responsibility for Solskjaer's sacking

Harry Maguire insists Man United’s underperforming stars MUST take responsibility for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking as he calls on the squad to ‘find the right mentality’ for crucial Villarreal trip

  • READ: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United boss on Sunday
  • Harry Maguire insists he and his United team-mates must take responsibility
  • The United skipper was sent off in Solskjaer’s final game as manager vs Watford
  • Maguire now wants his team-mates to find the right mentality for Villarreal trip 

Harry Maguire insists he and his Manchester United team-mates must shoulder the blame for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, after the Norwegian was shown the exit at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The United skipper was sent off in Solskjaer’s final game as boss – a humiliating 4-1 defeat by Watford at Vicarage Road – and Maguire insists the players must look at themselves for playing a big part in Solskjaer’s dismissal.

Though Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford proved the final straw, Solskjaer’s exit had seemed a matter of time after a string of bad results, highlighted by the 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool and the 2-0 derby loss to Manchester City. 

‘The players need to take responsibility for everything on and off the pitch,’ Maguire told reporters in a press conference on Monday. ‘We were in this together. We are all so disappointed.

Harry Maguire (pictured) insists the Manchester United players must take responsibility for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking

Solskjaer (right) was sacked as United manager less than 24 hours after yet another damning defeat, this time at the hands of Watford

‘We need to get this club back to where it was.’

Maguire admitted he and the rest of the squad have had a ‘hard time’ as of late and described Solskjaer losing his job as ‘tough’.

‘It’s been a hard time for us as players given the respect we had for him,’ Maguire added. ‘We’ve been on a journey together. The emotion around the place was difficult to be in. 

‘We wanted to succeed and the result wasn’t good enough. It’s a result business. The players need to take responsibility. We are in this together. 

‘Ultimately the manager has paid the price, we are all so disappointed by that. We know we haven’t been good enough. We have spoken about that. The lads want to succeed.’

Maguire (right) described Sunday’s events as ‘tough’ after Solskjaer was sacked as boss

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) cuts a dejected figure during United’s 4-1 defeat by Watford

When asked about Solskjaer’s farewell address to the players at Carrington on Sunday, Maguire said: ‘It was an emotional day. Everyone has got a huge amount of respect for Ole and what he’s done. He’s a legend at the club and he will remain a legend at the club.

‘I don’t want to go into too much detail. He wished us well and said he’d be supporting us. We need to get back on track and get focused on the game with Villarreal now.

‘He said he’ll be supporting us and wanting us to win every game and that shows the values of the man.’

Michael Carrick, who has since taken on Solskjaer’s responsibilities as the head coach on an interim basis, insists now is not the time to look back as he spoke to the media for the first time in his caretaker role. 

‘First of all it has been an emotional time for everyone at the club,’ he said. ‘I’ve been working with Ole now for three years and I’ve known him an awful lot longer. I know the person he is, the values he has, what he believes and how he treats people.

Maguire was sent off in Solskjaer’s final game in charge of United for two bookable offences

‘To see Ole unfortunately lose his job yesterday was tough for me and tough for a lot of people at the club. You could tell by the emotion around the place yesterday what Ole meant to everyone.

‘We understand and Ole understands it’s a results business so as much as you build the right foundations and environment and you show people the way, you sometimes don’t get what you deserve…

‘On the flip side football is football and it’s business as usual today in terms of preparing the team for tomorrow’s game. It’s a privilege for me to sit in this position and I understand the possibilities that come with that.

‘The focus now is on flipping out mindset very quickly and that’s something this club has done very well historically.’

Asked what had gone wrong for a side that finished second in the league last season, Carrick said: ‘We could talk though all sorts of different things right now but I’m not one for looking back. Of course I know in my mind what I could have done better and what could have been improved.

‘It’s important everyone looks at themselves, it’s easy to look elsewhere. As a player I was the same – ‘What can we do better? What can we improve on?’ What’s next for me is we’re getting on a flight to Spain and we’re preparing for tomorrow.’

Michael Carrick spoke to the media for the first time as caretaker boss in the press conference

As first-team coach Carrick was a key part of Solskjaer’s staff, taking charge of training sessions and working on tactics.

Asked if fans could expect to see any changes in approach from the team on Tuesday night, he said: ‘We will have to wait and see. I worked closely with Ole and we do have very similar beliefs – we did as players and we certainly do as coaches.

‘Of course I’ve got my own personality to Ole but we’re very similar and that’s why we worked together for so long. 

‘I’m not giving too much away about what my plans are but I’m very clear in my own mind about how we want to play and I’m looking forward to seeing that on the pitch.’

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They’re a very good team. I thought the final we played very well and stopped them playing for long periods. To lose like we did hurt but in the end, we weren’t good enough. Then this season’s first game we saw they’re good on the ball and have good technical players who can frustrate you. They got a good balance and we respect that. We know each other well and we have a plan to come out on top. It’s a big game for both teams. 

The biggest thing for the fans and everyone is the result. I could say all sorts of things and speak the truth about training and doing well but sitting here, I don’t think that counts for much. It’s all about results. It’s how we carry ourselves. That’s the challenge we embrace and respect massively. I expect that of the players.

I found out at the training ground yesterday morning. I don’t think anyone did. I spoke to Ed when I arrived but that’s how it came about. it was a bit of a rush to organise training but it went really well, all things considered, and did it in a classy manner, especially Ole. Shows the real class of the man and how humble he is. It’s now about me preparing the team for tomorrow night.

My sole focus and attention is the game tomorrow night. That’s the responsibility I’ve been given. It’s up to someone else to decide what happens next but I’ll give it my best.

All I’ve been thinking about is the game tomorrow. I haven’t looked past that, I know we’ve got a big game on the weekend, but we’ll address that when needed. We’ll do our utmost to get good results and then we’ll see after that.

I’m throwing myself into doing everything I can. That’s the challenge I’m relishing at the moment and I’ve got great people helping me and it’s a fantastic group and they will prove that again.

I’ve worked closely with Ole and we have very similar beliefs. I have my own personality to Ole but of course it’s similar. That’s why we worked well together. I’m not going to give away my plans just yet but you’ll see it on the pitch.

It’s not to be looking back now. I could have done better. Everyone should look at themselves as it’s easy to look elsewhere. I was the same as a player. Look at yourself and what you can improve. Now we have to catch a flight to Spain and prepare for the game tomorrow.

I’ll be preparing the team for tomorrow night and I know the boys very well. This club has been my life for a long time now and I’m ready to help the club for however long I’m needed. And then I’ll go back to my job when someone else takes the job. I’m really looking forward to today and preparing the players but I’m really looking forward tomorrow.

All players will go through tough times and the recent results have been good enough. Collectively we haven’t been good and results have shown. We’ve paid the price. We need to find the right mentality and produce the right performance tomorrow.

As a group of players, we’ve done everything we can and the lads have given everything. The results haven’t been good enough. The manager came in and spoke to us and everyone has a huge amount of respect for Ole. He’s a legend of the club and will remain a legend. He will be supporting us and will want us to get back on track. It shows the value of the man.

It’s been a hard time for us as players given the respect we had for him. We’ve been on a journey together. The emotion around the place was difficult to be in. We wanted to succeed and the result wasn’t good enough. It’s a result business. The players need to take responsibility. We are in this together. Ultimately the manager has paid the price, we are all so disappointed by that. We know we haven’t been good enough. We have spoken about that. The lads want to succeed.

It’s been an emotional time for everyone at club. I worked with Ole for three years and known him for a lot longer. To see him lose his job was tough for me and a lot of people at the club. You can tell be the emotion around the place yesterday. Ole will understand when he said results are everything and it’s about creating the right foundation. I want to say a massive thank you from me and the staff as well as the players.

Updates to follow here. Carrick will speak first.

Harry Maguire will join Carrick in the media scrum for today’s press conference.

Ronaldo hails ‘outstanding human being’ Solskjaer after his sacking

Despite his dismissal, Solskjaer has been praised by a handful of pundits, including Gary Neville, for restoring some pride to United after years of uncertainty, while squad members have hailed him for his work at the club.

Ronaldo added to that show of support, posting a tribute to Solskjaer on social media after his axing and lauding his character.


MARTIN SAMUEL: Manchester United no longer act, they are simply buffeted by events. They stuck with Solskjaer even when he was plainly drowning… now they have no boss and NO plan

CHIEF SPORTS REPORTER: Despite these various windows of opportunity, the club plugged away with a manager who was plainly drowning, with players who were deteriorating under his stewardship, with signings who did not fit in, until on Saturday when Solskjaer’s position became untenable. 

And now they look naive and ridiculous because they have no plan. The official line is that they have not even contacted a potential successor out of respect to Solskjaer and fears any approach may leak. Yet they had two clear weeks between games. 


Stay tuned with Sportsmail to hear everything United’s new caretaker boss has to say, as he prepares the squad for their trip to Villarreal on Tuesday.

However, Erik ten Hag insists he’s heard NOTHING about the vacant role

When asked about the vacant position at United on Sunday, Ten Hag insisted he’s heard nothing about the job before asking why he keeps being asked ‘weird questions’ about his future in Holland.

Ten Hag has been linked with succeeding Solskjaer but has fallen down the pecking order since Pochettino emerged as the bookies’ favourite on Monday.


But Woodward might not need to look far because Steve Bruce ‘has offered his services’

Reports have suggested that former United defender Steve Bruce would be interested in taking on the interim vacancy at Old Trafford.

The 60-year-old believes he could help stabilise the dressing room at his former club.


Vice-chairman Ed Woodward could ‘delay his departure’ to help search for a new manager

Woodward announced in April he was going to leave his role at the end of 2021, following the collapse of the failed European Super League project.

But the 49-year-old could reportedly now stay on for a little longer due to the ‘instability’ within United’s football department.


Gary Neville: There is something fundamentally WRONG at United

On the Gary Neville podcast, the former United defender said the team has returned to where they were at the end of both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal’s helms because of a ‘lack of good decision-making’ on the football side of the boardroom.

It’s another damning verdict from the club legend who is often outspoken when it comes to how the Red Devils have been operating under the Glazer leadership.


REVEALED: Pochettino is ready to ditch Paris for Manchester

Sportsmail understands that Mauricio Pochettino is ready to answer Manchester United’s call if they want him to replace Solskjaer, given how he has become unhappy in the French capital.

The former Tottenham boss is living in a hotel while his family remain in London, and is said to be frustrated at managing a dressing-room with big egos like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.


Well, nobody quite knows as of yet.

United have appointed Carrick as caretaker boss for the time being until the find an interim manager until the end of the season, which hasn’t gone down well with the fans.

The club have been accused of a lack of planning, given how they’ve missed out on top managerial targets in recent months after sticking with Solskjaer, only to sack him when they had no other choice.

But with that in mind, they are now hoping Carrick can steady the ship for the time being.

If you’ve been living under a rock these last 24 hours, here was the biggest story to come out of Old Trafford yesterday morning…

Manchester United finally sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club confirmed on Sunday morning.

Solskjaer was axed after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford continued a catastrophic run of results that saw the 48-year-old Norwegian lose seven of his last 13 games in charge.


Good morning, everyone!

And welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Michael Carrick’s first press conference as the club’s new interim boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just over 24 hours ago.

It’s the start of a new era and new beginnings at United but it remains to be seen if anything will change right away, given Solskjaer’s backroom staff are still running all things first team.

Carrick will face the media at 1pm and will answer questions via a video call from Carrington, before travelling with the squad to Manchester Airport for this afternoon’s flight to Spain.

Stay tuned with us until then to get all of the news as it happens.

Michael Carrick will face the music for the first time as Manchester United’s new caretaker boss today after replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday.

Solskjaer’s three-year reign as boss came to a disastrous end after damning defeats by Liverpool, Man City and ultimately Watford left the United board with no other choice.

Ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Villarreal on Tuesday, Carrick has been tasked with preparing the first team for their trip to Spain and will answer the media’s questions from Carrington.

Follow along here with Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy for live coverage of Carrick’s first press conference, including all things United as they begin a new era at Old Trafford.

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