It feels like the fifteenth time it's happened this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United appear to have truly hit rock bottom after a horrendous performance and a 4-1 away defeat to Watford. Amazingly, it was Richard Keys who talked sense in the aftermath of the match, imploring the decision makers at Man United to put Solskjaer out of his misery in the hotseat.
Richard Keys sums up the Man United mess
After a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool was followed by a similarly dire performance in a 2-0 home derby loss against Man City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job security was firmly under the microscope on Saturday ahead of his team's trip to Watford.
Watford had only won three games all season prior to Saturday's clash, with the Hornets firmly locked in a relegation battle. It would have appeared to be the perfect opportunity for Solskjaer's men to steady the ship, against a team firmly out of form and primed for a battle at the opposite end of the table.
As it transpired, the game ended in a loss which was arguably even worse than the Liverpool and Man City defeats, as Watford ran rings around Man United and inflicted a 4-1 defeat.
FT: @WatfordFC 4-1 @ManUtd
🗣️ "Somebody please put him out of his misery..."@richardajkeys reacts to Watford's emphatic win and runs through today's @premierleague scorelines!#beINPL #WATMUN pic.twitter.com/e7gYz3eofT
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) November 20, 2021
Richard Keys is not exactly known for his nuance or expert football analysis, but he hit the nail on the head in the aftermath of Man United's heavy defeat. Hosting beIN SPORTS' coverage of the 3pm kick-offs, Keys laid out the facts of the situation, and questioned what more the club's hierarchy were expecting from Solskjaer.
Somebody please put him out of his misery. I said it after the Liverpool game - at what point does he actually fall?
What on Earth do Manchester United think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got that might get a performance out of this team at some point before their season collapses entirely?
Lost five of the last seven. Lost 4-1 at Watford. There's only so many times you can say sorry - and it's happened too often already. A nice guy, totally out of his depth.
The numbers are damning for Solskjaer, and his prime opportunity to steady the ship has now come and passed. With games against Villarreal, Chelsea, and Arsenal to come in the next few weeks, the games will not get any easier for his side.
Richard Keys is not the first to question Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job security - but the fact that even he has delivered a sensible and measured take on the situation is just another mark of how bad things have gotten at Old Trafford.