Manchester United are set to announce the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Old Trafford bosses finally set to wield the axe after a woeful run of results
The news comes on the back of yet another humbling PremIer League defeat, the latest, a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford.
Solskjaer went into the fixture knowing he was in desperate need of a result having seen his side pick up just four points from a possible 18 going into the international break.
He surprised staff and players by giving them time off during the two-week hiatus, hoping that time away from Carrington would help revitalise his flagging stars.
But that decision backfired as the Red Devils were blown away by the relegation-threatened Hornets in the opening 45 minutes.
Ismaila Sarr was twice denied from the spot by David de Gea, before first Josh King and then Sarr himself put the hosts into a 2-0 lead.
It could have been worse for United, with De Gea labelling the display as “embarrassing” in the immediate aftermath.
Donny van de Beek halved the arrears at the start of the second half, but after Harry Maguire was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards, United’s and Solskjaer’s race was run.
Watford scored two more in injury time, with the nature of the defeat forcing Old Trafford bosses to call an emergency board meeting.
According to the Independent , along with the disastrous run of results, United officials were also becoming concerned with the morale of Solskjaer’s richly assembled squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo ’s feelings in particular had reportedly become a major worry, with the 36-year-old becoming increasingly anguished by the nature of displays.
Ronaldo returned to the club this summer on the promise of bringing major silverware back to The Theatre of Dreams, but in the midst of poor results, he has cut an increasingly frustrated figure.
Manchester Evening News also also claim that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes had sought reassurances from the United board that action would be taken at the managerial level, following another abject display.
His compatriot Bruno Fernandes has also looked agitated over the last few weeks having seen his best form completely elude him in recent times.
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Fernandes was seen remonstrating with the away supporters following the defeat, although on the face of it at least, he appeared to still be defending his manager.
But the MEN report that despite Fernandes’ remonstrations, club executives have decided they must act now, with the popular Norwegian set to be relieved of his duties after three years in charge.
Technical director Darren Fletcher is expected to lead the team out when they take on Villarreal in midweek, while a long-term replacement is sourced.