Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Man Utd manager this weekend after a series of poor results including the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday which saw Harry Maguire sent off
Harry Maguire admits the Manchester United players let Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down after saying a tearful farewell to their former boss.
The United captain revealed they became emotional when a devastated Solskjaer told them at training on Sunday morning he had been sacked.
Maguire felt for Solskjaer and claims the players are to blame for his axing.
“It’s been a hard time for us because of the amount of respect we have for the boss,” said the England defender.
“We’ve been on a journey together and it’s never nice to see someone lose their job.
“For him to come in and speak to us, the emotion around the place, yeah, it was difficult.
“The players need to take responsibility for everything on and off the football field. We’re the ones that cross over the white line.
“We were in this together, the management and the players. Ultimately the manager has paid the price and we’re all so disappointed by that.
“In the last few months results have not been good enough and the players bear a huge responsibility for that.
“We know that individually and collectively.”
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Maguire claims Solskjaer’s status as a United legend will not be tarnished by his failure.
He says the classy Norwegian told the players to focus on tonight’s key Champions League clash with Villarreal and that he would always support them.
“Ole’s a legend at the club and he will remain a legend,” he said.
“He said he would be supporting us and that we need to get back on track, focus on Villarreal and make sure we go into it with a positive mindset.
“He said he would be supporting us and wanting us to win every game of football. Those are the values of the man.”
Maguire admitted this was the toughest time for many of the players and claimed they had to move on from their disappointment at Solskjaer’s sacking.
“I think if you look at the players now, it’s probably the toughest time of their careers,” he said.
“We’ve got to move forward and find that mentality to get the result we need.”