Watford, a club recently promoted to the premier league, and a team that had not won on home soil since the opening weekend of the season outclassed, outfought and outthought their visitors to claim a historic victory.
United’s loss was their fourth in their last five games, and their heaviest to newly-promoted opposition in more than 30 years. Despite such a magnitude of defeat, Solskjaer – who was loudly booed by the away support at full-time – restating that he believed “they can turn this around” after the loss, which leaves United 12 points off leaders Chelsea after as many games.
Goalkeeper David de Gea, one of the few – or only – Manchester United players to emerge from the defeat with any credit, described the loss as “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”, and apologised to the club’s fans.
De Gea added: “It was hard to watch the team playing like today. I think it’s a nightmare, after a nightmare, again, for a long time, so it’s not acceptable.
“The players are trying to give our best, to fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong.”
The 4-1 loss to Watford was not just heartbreaking but also embarrassing with calls for the sacking of Ole as the head coach of the club.
Reports eemerging later from the club management indicate that the United board had finally agreed to part ways with the former red devils striker and efforts were already being put in finding a replacement for Ole on an interim basis.