- Manchester United captain Harry Maguire said the players must give a “big responsibility” for manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s sacking following an offensive run of results.
- On Sunday, the Norwegian left the club after nearly three years as permanent manager, with a dreadful 4-1 Premier League defeat at Watford serving as the final straw.
Michel Carrick, Solskjaer’s former assistant, has been appointed as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League match against Villarreal in Spain, Maguire described Solskjaer’s dismissal as an emotional day for the squad. “As players, we had a tough time. We had a lot of respect for the boss. We have been on a journey together, “Maguire told reporters after United’s defeat at Watford, which dropped them to eighth place in the Premier League.
“The players must accept a huge responsibility. We are all disappointed that the manager had to pay the price in the end. We know we haven’t done enough. We’ve talked about it. The lads are determined to succeed.”
After a promising start to the season, thanks to the arrival of new signings such as Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, United have sunk alarmingly, losing four of their last five league games and conceding 15 goals in the process. “It hasn’t been good enough, either individually or collectively. “It just snowballed from 1 thing to the next,” Maguire stated. “We must look within ourselves to find that focus and mentality.”
“Yesterday the manager came in and spoke to us; it was an emotional day.” He was a legend, and he will be remembered as such.”
Carrick, who worked with Solskjaer for three years, said it was an emotional farewell to the former striker. His priority now was to get the win against Villarreal, which would all but guarantee United’s place in the last 16. “It’s easy to look elsewhere; I was the same as a player.” What is next for me is a flight to Spain and getting ready for tomorrow. I’ve been concerned with the game.
“We have a great game against Chelsea this weekend, but we’ll address it whenever it’s necessary.” I will give my all as long as the club wants me.” United lost on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final last season but avenged that with a 2-1 home victory in September, with Ronaldo scoring a stoppage-time winner.
Source: The Star News
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