Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United staff have conflicting views on Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, reports say. Both players were key to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at Old Trafford. But they’ll now be playing under a different manager instead.
Manchester United went into Saturday’s match with Watford looking to bounce back after losing to Manchester City before the international break.
But that didn’t happen, with the Red Devils losing 4-1 on a dreadful afternoon at Vicarage Road.
The result left Solskjaer’s job hanging by a thread and, on Sunday, the club confirmed he’d departed following a run of seven defeats from their last 13 matches.
Now, attentions are turning towards who will replace the 48-year-old.
Yet details regarding Ronaldo and Fernandes have come to light.
The Athletic say that United staff members have no issue with Ronaldo, despite some portraying him as the root of their problems.
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The Red Devils think his lack of pressing isn’t an issue because his potency in front of goal more than makes up for it.
They’ve been telling United players to work harder to maximise Ronaldo’s ruthlessness and have been surprised to see their methods on the training ground fail to pay off.
However, the Red Devils are ‘frustrated’ with Fernandes at present.
It’s claimed his ‘solo pressing’ has irked them behind the scenes, with United believing he’s wasting energy.
They’ve gone through this in videos with the Portugal playmaker to highlight why this is an issue but, so far, there’s been no solution.
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Furthermore, United players feel Harry Maguire is struggling in the role of club captain.
And whoever replaces Solskjaer will need to get the best from Ronaldo, Fernandes and Maguire if they’re to be success.
For now, Michael Carrick will take charge of the side.
The former midfielder has been given the role temporarily while the club hunt down an interim replacement.
But players are concerned that the same issues under Solskjaer will exist under Carrick, too, given he was one of the Norwegian’s coaches.
Gary Neville, speaking on his podcast, thinks Solskjaer will be ‘relieved’ that his time at United is over.
“It’s been a tough two months for him,” said Neville.
“A really tough two months for him. He looked beaten in the interview I saw this morning, the one after the game with Geoff Shreeves, that wasn’t pleasant to watch.
“You know something he’ll go home to Norway and he’ll be relieved I suspect.
“At Valencia I was relieved because at the end of the day you know it’s not working. He’ll know, he’s decent, he’s honest.
“He’ll be 10 years younger by the end of next week.
“It’s not finished how he would’ve wanted it to finish but he’s had a good run for three years and United now move on.
“Ninety-nine per cent of all United fans will love him forever and recognise at the end it was maybe just too much.
“I suspect he’ll take some time because that will have taken a lot out of him the last few weeks. He deserves a rest.”
Solskjaer is the fourth United manager to lose his job since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, with Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes previously axed.
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