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Solskjaer hands down damning verdict and prepared for Man Utd consequences

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels his job is far from safe after admitting he was ‘embarrassed’ by the ease in which his side capitulated in defeat to Watford.

The Red Devils headed into the match with just one win in six top-flight outings. A heavy loss to Liverpool and limp performance in defeat to Manchester City had further heaped pressure on the Norwegian. He seemed upbeat in Friday’s press conference, suggesting United fans would see a reaction.

But it was the same old story as they lost 4-1 to the Hornets at Vicarage Road. Joshua King and Ismaila Sarr made it 2-0 to the hosts at the break.

Substitute Donny van de Beek pulled one back but Joao Pedro and Dennis added a third and fourth for Watford in stoppage time. United’s misery was compounded by the sending off of Harry Maguire.

And the manager pulled no punches in his assessment of their display.

“The first-half is the worst we’ve played and it’s hard for me to explain why we played the way we did and allowed them to get in our box from nothing,” he told BBC Sport. “The goalkeeper could go up to the half-way line and put it in the box – we were outfought.”

The back pages will not make good reading on Sunday morning. And Solskjaer revealed that the United dressing room is not a happy place to be at present.

“Very hurt – when you play in the Premier League you have got to turn up against good players and good opposition like this,” he added.

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“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.”

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United were second best in every area of the pitch. A team full of superstars could not deal with Claudio Ranieri’s side and now sit seventh in the table.

And the former Cardiff City chief felt there were few positives to speak about after the debacle.

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

The knives will be out for the former striker once again. Brendan Rodgers is reportedly being lined up to replace him at Od Trafford.

And the present incumbent knows he could be the next high-profile managerial casualty.

“I’ve never said I feel safe – I will never say that I feel safe,” he said. “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.

Claudio Ranieri Watford

“I’m the manger 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.”

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