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OPINION| This Is No Smiling Time For Ole

After Manchester United's 4-1 loss to Watford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologized for smiling during a post-match interview. United lost their eighth game in a row, and when Solskjaer went up to the away end at Vicarage Road to apologize for yet another dreadful performance, he was booed. Sky Sports questioned him about his future after the game, as well as why his players were starting games so poorly. When asked such question, he grinned and promptly corrected himself to apologize.


"Sorry for smiling there," he explained, "but that's human beings." "You're astonished [by the start], because all these excellent boys, top players, top professionals, when things don't go for you, they go against you, and it's difficult to play with that mental break." United were 2-0 behind at the break, and it might have been worse, with Watford firing 11 attempts at David de Gea's goal in the opening 45 minutes.

After the game, Solskjaer was hesitant to elaborate on the reasons for the team's poor performance, although he did agree that the first half had been subpar. "There's no point saying too much about it except that we didn't handle the first half at all, that we were outfought in the first half, and that we let them come into our box much too easily." When you've got a direct and physical team like Watford, that's expensive," he remarked. "The first half was dreadful. To begin the game, we need to get the guys in a better mindset."


After this latest horror show, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure. After a 'embarrassing' loss to Watford over the weekend, David de Gea feels Manchester United's players should shoulder the most of the responsibility. After being thrashed 4-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, United have now lost five of their previous seven Premier League games.


The defeat has added to the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is already under criticism, but De Gea feels the players should shoulder the bulk of the responsibility after such a humbling defeat. After the game, the Spaniard confessed that the club's standards had deteriorated, and that players can't deny their part in the team's poor run.

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