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20th Nov 2021

Bruno Fernandes tells fans not to blame Solskjaer after Watford defeat

Callum Boyle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was booed by Man United fans after their defeat to Watford

Bruno Fernandes pleaded with Manchester United fans to not blame Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for their heavy defeat away to Watford on Saturday.

United were crushed at Vicarage Road after goals from Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis condemned the Red Devils to another disappointing afternoon.

Harry Maguire was also sent off, picking up a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge to pile on the misery of the afternoon in Hertfordshire.

Donny van de Beek did pull a goal back to make it 2-1 shortly after coming on in the second half, but the result leaves Solskjaer in an extremely precarious position.

Fans have long been on the edge, with many calling for a change and Saturday’s performance will have done nothing to change those views.

As the Norwegian and his players walked over to show their appreciation to the travelling supporters, Solskjaer could be seen putting his hands up and apologising for his side’s display – with several fans greeting his gestures with a large chorus of boos.

Clearly infuriated by what he could hear, Fernandes proceeded to move closer towards Solskjaer – whilst the rest of the team stayed back sheepishly, and began to point his finger to himself and the rest of the team.

By looking at the anger on his face and the way he pointed, it was clear that Fernandes wanted the blame deflected off his manager and instead wanted him and his teammates to take the brunt of the displeasure voiced by supporters.

It remains to be seen if Solskjaer will still be in a job come United’s next game, which is an away trip to Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik Ten Haag have been touted as possible candidates for the job should the Norwegian lose his job.

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