the undits lined up to criticize Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s Manchester United side as “scandalous” ahead of the Norwegian’s expected sacking.
A gain of £ 7.5million has been cited with numerous outlets suggesting that former midfielder Darren Fletcher, currently technical director of the Red Devils, will temporarily take responsibility.
Real Madrid hero Zinedine Zidane, who left the Bernabeu after a second term earlier this year, is among those approached for the job along with Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
Saturday’s loss was just United’s last sorry performance of Solskjaer. The manager and his players were both nominated by former pros after the game.
Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports: “I don’t care what I’m told, Manchester United have quality players that you can’t lose to Watford 4-1. You can’t.
“So it doesn’t matter how your manager sets you up or what his tactics are or whatever, if he’s in the dressing room or if these players respect him, who knows.
“But, these players and some of the performances and results they have given this season are an absolute disgrace because they are one of the most expensive teams in world football, one of the highest paid teams in world football. and Watford is pretty awful. I’ve watched them a lot this season and losing there 4-1 is absolutely disgusting and a shame for these players.
“The manager will go, we know this story is probably going to evolve pretty quickly, but some of those performances this season have been absolutely outrageous.”
Alan Shearer underlined the “loss of respect” the players have for the manager given their performance at Vicarage Road.
“It’s clear from their attitude and performance that the players don’t want the manager,” he told Match of the Day. “They stopped running for the manager. They have lost respect for the manager.
“And when you have a player coming out and saying he doesn’t know what to do with the ball, then that lies and the manager’s feet because it’s not a plan or a tactic.
“But the players can go out, they can run, they can have fun and they can have attitude – but there was none of that. So that tells you what they think of the manager.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has said the club should refrain from sacking Solskjaer before hiring a permanent post, given the importance of Tuesday’s trip to Villarreal.
“How did this result come about? It can only happen through desire. It cannot happen by anything other than desire, ”he said. “If they are all playing to the best of their ability, there is no way Watford can beat Man United.
“Today is tough because they have a big game against Villarreal on Tuesday. You go to Villarreal with no one? I don’t think you can. That’s what they’re clinging to now, it’s the League of champions.