Bruno Fernandes launched a scathing attack on Manchester United’s tactics under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their embarrassing 4-1 defeat against Watford.
The Norwegian’s job is hanging by a thread after United were blown away by a Watford side who have been struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League in recent weeks.
And Fernandes hinted after the match that United don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing under Solskjaer – which will only increase the pressure on the under-fire United chief.
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A visibly frustrated Fernandes said: “We don’t go on the front foot, we don’t tackle, we don’t win our duels. Against these teams, you have to win that.”
United’s Hertfordshire humiliation is the latest in a string of sorry results that has seen them capitulate against both Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.
That horrific run of form has seen United slump down to seventh spot in the league; leaving them already 12 points behind early leaders Chelsea .
And in a season where Solskjaer was expected to mount a serious title challenge, it’s getting harder and harder to see him surviving for much longer at Old Trafford.
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David De Gea seemed to back Fernandes’ damning stance with his comments after the match – as the United goalkeeper admitting that United “don’t what to do with the ball”.
“We don’t know what to do with the ball. We don’t know how to defend properly,” the Spaniard said.
Josh King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Matthew Dennis took advantage of United’s dreadful display to fire the Hornets to a famous win and leave Solskjaer on the brink.
Following the match, Solskjaer and the United team trudged over to apologise to the travelling fans, only to be met with boos and jeers.
Despite that, and another chastening defeat, Solskjaer remained defiant after the match, as he insisted that he still believes he can turn things around.
“I always have belief in myself,” Solskjaer stressed. “Of course, at the minute it’s a difficult time for us. I can see, I can trust every single one out there to give their all. The staff are fantastic. But the results are difficult. I believe we can turn this around.
“I need to get the players to perform better, that’s my responsibility, that’s the biggest thing now. They’re so disappointed, they’re working, they’re trying to find their confidence back.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Solskjaer will be given the opportunity to get the players performing better as speculation over his future intensified on Saturday evening.
Reports claim that an emergency board meeting has been arranged by United chiefs for 7pm on Saturday evening to discuss Solskjaer’s future in the wake of another embarrassing result.
The report goes on to state that Solskjaer’s potential compensation is likely to be on the agenda as he seemingly teeters on the brink of dismissal.
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