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'Sorry For Smiling': Solskjaer Struggles To Explain Watford Debacle

'Sorry For Smiling': Solskjaer Struggles To Explain Watford Debacle
By Donny Mahoney
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Manchester United lost again today. It was their fourth defeat in five league appearances. It's one thing to lose to Manchester City and Liverpool. It's forgivable, maybe, to lose to Leicester. But losing to Watford 4-1 is different gravy. After the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer again struggled to explained what's wrong with his faltering side.

In at-times awkward interview with Geoff Shreeves conducted after Solskjaer had apologised to Manchester United supporters in the away end, Solskjaer called the loss embarrassing but refused to be drawn on questions about his future.

Perhaps the most interesting element of the interview came during an exchange about why Manchester United started the match so poorly.

Solskjaer: First half was very, very poor. We need to get the players in a better frame of mind to start the game, because second half it seems like they've got nothing to lose. They played well in the second half.

Shreeves: We know you've come off some awful results. Why weren't the players in the right frame of mind? What's wrong there?

Solskjaer grimaces and smiles grimly

Solskajaer: Sorry for smiling there, but that's human beings. But I gotta say, you're surprised because all these lads. Top players. Top professionals. When it's not going for you, it's going against you.

Watch the whole segment below.


Solskjaer also said Harry Maguire shouldn't have been sent off because his first yellow card was given on a play when the Watford player was offside.

Solskajer was asked numerous times about his job security but refused to discuss his future with the club. Instead, he tried to explain the result.


We didn't handle the first half. We got outfought in the first half and we let them get into our box too easily. That's costly when you've got a direct and physical team like Watford. Never got on the ball either.

We're embarrassed losing the way we do. We are in a very bad run. A bad situation. But that's part of football. And I know that they support the team and who's on the pitch every single day. And then sometimes you've got to say sorry. And that was a sorry for that performance.

I work has hard as I can, as well I can with the staff I've got. Incredible staff. Good top people, good professional players. But at the moment, we're not getting the results.

With news of an emergency Manchester United board meeting, this may have been Olé's last post-match press conference

SEE ALSO: Rio Ferdinand Explains Why He Called For Solskjaer To Be Sacked


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