Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Watford for a fifth defeat in just 12 league games this season, in another blow to Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can expect to come under further pressure in the aftermath of the defeat, which saw Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis all find the net and Harry Maguire shown a red card for two bookings.
Former United defender Gary Neville has repeatedly refused to call for Solskjaer’s dismissal, though he was clear in his assessment of the performance against the Hornets.
And Neville’s reaction has been met by a number of similar messages from fans, many of whom remain up in arms about United’s performances under the Norwegian manager.
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‘Shocker for United’ were the words tweeted by Neville after the defeat, though he stopped short of calling for his former club to part ways with their manager.
The 46-year-old has repeatedly insisted it is not his style to call for sackings, though he has made no apologies for some of the recent performances under his former teammate.
United’s loss against Watford was their third in their last four league games, and their fifth in 12 Premier League matches this season.
While the ex-defender continues to stand firm, a number of fans have called for a change in that regard.
A number of replies to Neville’s tweet carried a similar message, urging him to be more decisive in his criticism of Solskjaer.
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“Speak on Ole,” was the simple message from more than one fan, while another said “Just be honest admit he is not good enough to manage Utd”.
“Gary – serious question, if he was manager of your club and showing consistent performances like we have endured recently- would you sack him and bring some fresh ideas into Salford?” asked one United supporter, and it wasn’t an isolated question.
Indeed, another asked: “How many shockers can a team have before you suggest a change in manager? Becoming all too regular! We’ve become the joke of the league, even Watford were laughing at us today!”
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While Neville has remained firm on Solskjaer’s position, Ferdinand was calling for the manager’s dismissal even before Saturday’s loss.
“I’m not saying I’m enjoying saying a manager should lose his job, I’m just saying things aren’t going well, so maybe there needs to be a change if you want to improve things,” the former centre-back said.
“I think that’s just an honest assessment of things and that’s what I’m paid to do is give an honest assessment – whether it’s friends, former teammates or people that I don’t know, I treat them all the same.”