Jamie Carragher has slammed Manchester United players, describing their performances in the defeat at Watford as ‘disgusting and disgraceful’.
United capitulated 4-1 at Vicarage Road and had Harry Maguire sent off in the second half as they slumped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League games, which leaves them 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
The result piled even more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with United’s hierarchy reportedly reacting to defeat by hastily summoning a meeting to discuss the Norwegian’s future.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted United’s defeat at Watford was ’embarrassing’
Solskjaer survived the international break despite humbling defeats at home against Liverpool and Manchester City but, according to The Times, United are now seriously considering a change of direction with Zinedine Zidane the clear front runner.
Carragher, however, said the players were to blame for United’s demise more than their manager.
‘I’ve not been a manager, but if you’ve got a crop of those players – and I don’t care what anyone tells me, Manchester United have got quality players – you can’t lose to Watford 4-1. You can’t,’ he said on Sky Sports following Liverpool’s 4-0 hammering of Arsenal.
United have now lost four of their last five Premier League games, conceding 15 goals
United had captain Harry Maguire sent off in the second half of a dismal afternoon
Jadon Sancho was again anonymous as his poor run of form continued at Vicarage Road
‘No matter how the manager has set you up, whether he has a presence in the dressing room, whether the players respect him or not, who knows?
‘However he sets them up, those players […] some of the performances they’ve given this season are an absolute disgrace. That is one of the most expensive squads in world football. One of the highest paid squads in world football.’
While the writing appeared to be on the wall for Solskjaer, Carragher insisted United players had to take responsibilities for some of the ‘scandalous performances’ they have produced this season.
Jamie Carragher said United players ought to be ashamed of their performances this season
‘Watford are pretty awful, I’ve watched a lot of them this season, to lose there 4-1 is absolutely disgusting and disgraceful from some of those players,’ he continued.
‘The manager will go, we know that, that story will move on pretty quickly. But some of those players’ performances this season have been absolutely scandalous.’
Speaking after the game, David De Gea admitted after the defeat to Watford had been ’embarrassing’ and acknowledged the responsibility rested with the players.
‘It’s easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it’s the players,’ he said.
David de Gea ripped into Manchester United for an ’embarrassing’ display away at Watford
Fernandes gestured his frustration when the away supporters booed United at the final whistle
Bruno Fernandes appeared to sing from the same sheet, as he defended Solskjaer when several fans in the away end loudly booed the Norwegian at full-time.
For his part, the 48-year-old said he was ’embarrassed’ by the manner of the defeat but insisted he had received no indication from United that the club were planning a change.
‘I’m working for and with the club and I’ve done that for 18 years,’ Solskjaer said in his post-match interview.
Solskjaer insisted he remained the right man for the job despite United’s horrendous run
‘We’ve got a good communication and if the club were thinking about doing something then that is between me and the club.’
Carragher, however, conceded Solskjaer’s tenure at United had reached the point of no return.
‘We all know sooner or later that Manchester United will have a new manager,’ he added.
‘But when it gets to this stage now you actually look at Ole as an individual and human being and think it’s not good for him to be the Manchester United manager right now.’