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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has managed his final game as Manchester United boss and will be sacked, SunSport can reveal.

United called an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 humiliation at Vicarage Road.

Solskjaer said now his goodbyes to his staff and players following the defeat with club chiefs to sack him within 48 hours.

The club won only once in their last seven matches after the 4-1 defeat at Watford today, and the meeting took place afterwards at 7pm.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been installed as the current bookies' favourite to take over at Old Trafford.

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  • Jon Boon

    FERN COTTONED ON

    Bruno Fernandes blamed 'everyone' at Manchester United after. Watford's 4-1 win rammed a huge nail in Ole Gunnar Solskajer's coffin.

    Midfielder Fernandes was led away by team-mates after a heated row with United fans at Vicarage Road.

    The Portugal star later said: "In the Premier League it is not enough playing for just one half.

    "Watford has a good team. They are aggressive, they have quality up front, and if you give them chances you will concede goals.

    "And that has been a problem with us for many games.

    "I think the attitude in the second half was there. In the first half it was too sloppy from everyone."

  • James Orr

    BREAKING: SOLSKJAER HAS MANAGED FINAL GAME

    SunSport's Neil Custis writes…

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed his final game in charge of Manchester United with the board finally deciding enough is enough.

    United called an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 humiliation at Vicarage Road.

    And Solskajer's backroom staff started saying their goodbyes following the brutal defeat with club chiefs to sack him within 48 hours.

    Sacking Solskjaer will cost the club a staggering £7.5million after the Norwegian signed a new three-year deal in July.

  • Jon Boon

    'IT WAS A NIGHTMARE'

    Man Utd goalkeeper David De Gea has ripped into his team-mates following the embarrassing 4-1 defeat away at Watford.

    The Red Devils suffered yet another hammering in the Premier League as they were outclassed by Claudio Ranieri's men at Vicarage Road.

    Speaking to Sky Sports after the humiliating defeat, He said: "There's not much to say – it was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today.

    "It's not acceptable – the way we were playing and doing things. It's easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it's the players.

    "We need to show much more than we are doing. Embarrassing first half – we could've conceded four goals in 45 minutes.

    "It was hard to watch the team playing today – it was nightmare after nightmare. It's not acceptable.

    "We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong. You can see in the games – it's very low level, very poor. Sorry to the fans, once again.

    "I've been in difficult moments and always believe in myself but there are difficult moments we have to be strong in mind and body. We are paid to play for United and to do better than that.

    "This is not Manchester United or the way we ought to play – it's difficult to say more than that.

    "It's been very bad for a long time – a club like Man United we have to be fighting for trophies and fighting for big things and to be honest we are far from that.

    "Let's see – we have to keep working hard and stick together. We always say the same things but it's the truth – we have to look at ourselves and see where we can improve."

  • Jon Boon

    BOARD ROOM DRAMA

    Man Utd have called an emergency board meeting to discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were humiliated at Vicarage Road in a 4-1 annihilation – on the back of recent defeats against fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

    Solskjaer, 48, is now hanging to his job at Old Trafford by a thread.

    And The Times reports the United board are set to hold a meeting at 7pm to discuss sacking the Norwegian.

    Man Utd owners, the Glazers, has instructed club chiefs to 'accelerate' their efforts to convince ex-Real Madrid chief Zinedine Zidane to take over.

  • Jon Boon

    RED MIST

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fumed over the decision to send Harry Maguire off against Watford.

    The England centre back was given his marching orders in the second half after receiving two yellow cards.

    But the Norwegian felt it was an unjust decision in the 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.

    “The first yellow card should’ve never been. The boy is offside. When lads are offside and you get a booking that should be looked at as well.”

  • Jon Boon

    SOLSKJAER ON THE ATTACK

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into questions about his Man Utd future.

    The Red Devils crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road to Watford.

    The Norwegian manager was soon asked if he’s worried about losing his job, and pressure mounts.

    “If the club are thinking about doing something, that’s a conversation between us and not you and me,” he revealed.

  • Jon Boon

    SACK RACE

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is huge 1/5 favourite to be the next manager sacked in the Premier League following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair who've priced Solskjaer at 1/5 to be the SIXTH Premier League boss of the campaign to leave their position.

    Next manager sacked odds – Betfair

    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 1/5
    • Claudio Ranieri: 13/2
    • Rafa Benitez: 8/1
    • Brendan Rodgers: 12/1
    • Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl: 20/1
    • Dean Smith: 20/1
    • Eddie Howe: 25/1
    • Thomas Frank: 33/1
    • No Manager To Leave: 33/1

    TURMOIL

    At the full-time whistle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was seen heading towards the away fans and holding his hands up as an apology.

    His Man Utd side fell to a 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, with Harry Maguire seeing red in the second half.

    It's turmoil for the Red Devils, who are at their lowest ebb.

    Bruno Fernandes had to pulled away by Fred from the away fans after exchanging angry words.

    What next for Solskjaer?

    PREM FULL-TIMES

    Loads of goals today in the Prem. Here's all the results.

    Villa 2-0 Brighton

    Burnley 3-3 Crystal Palace

    Newcastle 3-3 Brentford

    Watford 4-1 Man Utd

    Norwich 2-1 Southampton

    Wolves 1-0 West Ham

    • Jon Boon

      WATFORD 3-1 MAN UTD

      Game over at Vicarage Road.

      Joao Pedro has sealed the points with a 92nd minute strike, with some doubts whether David De Gea could have done better.

      Man United have been woeful today.

      Will this spell the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign at Old Trafford?

      Stay tuned this evening, it could be all change.

    • Jon Boon

      RED CARD

      Man Utd's chances of a comeback have been dealt a massive blow.

      On 69 minutes, captain Harry Maguire has been sent off for a second yellow card.

      Down to 10 men and chasing the game, it could be curtains for the Red Devils.

      And, perhaps, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is under massive pressure now.

      As Sir Alex Ferguson once coined, it's squeaky bum time.

    • Jon Boon

      WATFORD 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

      The Red Devils are back in it!

      Donny van de Beek, the forgotten man, has pulled one back and now Watford will be under pressure.

      Could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men deliver the great escape for their under pressure boss?

      Time will tell!

    • Kostas Lianos

      WATFORD 2-0 MANCHESTER UNITED

      Watford lead 2-0 against Manchester United at Vicarage Road following a brilliant first half.

      Joshua King opened the scoring for the Hornets after 28 minutes.

      And Ismaila Sarr doubled the host's lead just one minute before half-time.

      Claudio Ranieri are seriously piling up the pressure for under-fire United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    • James Orr

      HT: WATFORD 2-0 MAN UTD

      It's been nothing short of a miserable half for under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as dominant Watford lead 2-0.

      Sarr and King have been on the scoresheet for Watford, who have bossed it so far.

      What a half-time team-talk Solskjaer has now…

    • Kostas Lianos

      GREENWOOD OUT

      Mason Greenwood is going to miss Manchester United's Premier League clash against Watford at Vicarage Road.

      Greenwood tested positive for coronavirus and needs to self-isolate for 10 days.

      The striker is among many Premier League personalities who have contracted COVID-19 in recent days.

      Kevin De Bruyne is also sidelined as is new Newcastle manager Eddie Howe

    • Kostas Lianos

      WATFORD VS MAN UTD XI

      Watford: 1 Foster, 6 Louza, 7 King, 8 Cleverley, 11 Masina, 13 Nkoulou, 15 Cathcart, 19 Sissoko, 21 Femenia, 23 Sarr, 23 Dennis

      Man Utd XI: 1 De Gea; 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 23 Shaw; 31 Matic, 39 McTominay, 18 Fernandes; 10 Rashford, 25 Sancho, 7 Ronaldo

    • Kostas Lianos

      'GIVE ME CRISTIANO'

      Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has hilariously slammed suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo makes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's life harder at Manchester United.

      The Hornets hosts United at Vicarage Road later today in the Premier League.

      Reports suggest Ronaldo is making things harder for Solskjaer as he piles pressure by insisting the team should be performing much better.

      Asked if the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's presence is causing problems for his former team-mate, Ranieri quipped: "Give me Cristiano, please. It's no problem."

    • Kostas Lianos

      WATFORD TEAM NEWS

      Watford host Manchester United at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.

      Hornets manager Claudio Ranieri is waiting on Ozan Tufan, who faces a late fitness test, after suffering a knock while on international duty with Turkey.

      Francisco Sierralta also sustained a hamstring injury while in action with Chile and will miss out.

      Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Ken Sema (knee) remain sidelined, while Juraj Kucka is suspended

    • Kostas Lianos

      MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

      Manchester United visit Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League later today.

      Under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing quite a few uncertainties regarding players' fitness.

      Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay withdrew from England and Scotland duty respectively.

      Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford did not join up with Uruguay and the Three Lions respectively due to injury concerns.

      Raphael Varane remains out with a hamstring strain and Paul Pogba, who is still suspended, faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after getting hurt during Les Bleus' training

    • Kostas Lianos

      EXCLUSIVE

      Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard looks to be on his way back to West Ham in the New Year in a £10million move, reports SunSport's Neil Custis.

      Lingard has already begun making personal arrangements for the permanent move back to east London.

      The winger rejected a new contract offer by United in early September and has barely figured in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans recently.

      The England international enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers in the second half of last season and manager David Moyes wanted to sign him

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    • Kostas Lianos

      REAL DEAL

      Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane would add pleasant training sessions at Manchester United and get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo if he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

      Zidane's long-time assistant David Bettoni told RMC Sport's show After Foot: "We were talking about principles of the game, how to get the ball played, different organisation of the team.

      "But, above all, the phrase that always came to mind with Zidane was: 'I want the notion of pleasure to be in all exercises'.

      "He also added that he wanted the players, when they got home, to have the desire to return to training. It is the first word that marked me from Zizou.

      "I can simply say that what I have lived with him is reality. It is true that Zidane is an atypical coach, [he] is not someone who talks a lot to the media.

      "And this is because he is like that and does not play a role of being a character playing the discreet. He has always been like this.

      "Afterwards, we also felt that he was someone who had been a great player, who had been trained by great coaches and who told himself that he wanted to be a coach, so he prepared a lot for it.

      "He had a knowledge of football that made him make decisions, the tactic was reserved for his staff and the players."

    • Kostas Lianos

      ZIN-GLISH LESSONS

      Zinedine Zidane is learning English, according to former team-mate Emmanuel Petit amid reports linking him with the Manchester United manager's job.

      Petit told booksmakers.co.uk: “If you are a manager of a football club you need to speak different languages.

      "I know Zinedine speaks different languages but I’m pretty sure English is not one of them.

      “There are so many examples of wrong decisions in football – not necessarily the wrong decision about someone’s ability, but about the dressing room being a right fit given all the different nationalities.

      “Communication is very important, so if you do not speak the language when you arrive at a club like Manchester United, that could be a big problem.

      “I’ve been told that he has been learning English recently, so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine being linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe it, to be honest.

      “Of course, he’s a big name but he never played in the Premier League and has very little connection with it, so as I said, I don’t believe it.”

    • Kostas Lianos

      KAR-IED AWAY

      Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes he "overstepped the mark" with his criticism of Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.

      Neville was previously critical of Karius in 2016 when he made a crucial mistake that led to Bournemouth beating the Reds 4-3.

      He told the Mail: "I think I have overstepped the mark once in punditry when I have attacked a player that was above and beyond what I should have done as an ex-pro, a coach and an owner.

      "I think I am a respectable human being. I thought I went too far on Karius. I said Liverpool would never win the league with him.

      "He criticised me after and so did Jurgen Klopp. No problem. I look back now and think I criticised the lad too much for his age, his position.

      "I actually think I was right. They signed Alisson and [Virgil] van Dijk and won it [the Premier League]. But that doesn't mean I should have done it.

      "I think Gary Neville as a decent human being and professional – knowing how difficult it is to play for United and Liverpool – went too far"

    • Kostas Lianos

      WES SIDE STORY

      Chelsea have resumed talks with Leicester star and Manchester United target Wesley Fofana ahead of a potential summer transfer.

      That is according to Footmercato, who report that the Blues are eyeing Fofana as four key centre-backs are out of contract in the summer.

      Those are Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

      The west Londoners, however, would face stiff competition from a host of top European clubs, including United and Real Madrid who are also keen on the Frenchman

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    • Kostas Lianos

      SOL SEARCHING

      Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held crisis talks with six stars.

      According to the Mail, Solskjaer rallied his troops in a 10am meeting on Thursday to talk through matters at Old Trafford.

      Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matjc attended the meeting.

      The Norwegian head coach reportedly wanted to brainstorm how United could turn their fortunes around, as well as discuss tactical changes

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