End clap for Solskjaer?
A crisis meeting of Manchester United management is to be held on Saturday evening to decide the fate of the Norwegian coach, the English press said after this new game completely failed against the Hornets, 17th before this meeting.
It’s hard not to believe that the players gave up on him given their lack of offensive and defensive fighting spirit and their general apathy after the goals conceded.
Falling to 7th in the standings, 12 lengths behind the leader, Chelsea, Manchester United dreams of Zinedine Zidane to break their black spiral.
Only David de Gea, who twice stopped a penalty – quite poorly shot – from Ismaïla Sarr, given to withdraw, showed a tad of character.
However, he could not prevent Joshua King (1-0, 28th) and Sarr (2-0, 44th) from giving the Hornets a deserved advantage at the break.
And while Donny van de Beek, off the bench at the break, had given hope to his family (2-1, 50th), Harry Maguire, far from his performance in the selection during the truce, found a way to be expelled for a failed tackle after too long a control (69th).
Watford killed all suspense at the end of the match by Joao Pedro (3-1, 90 + 2) and Emmanuel Dennis (4-1, 90th + 5).
With a capital match in C1 at Villarreal on Tuesday, a trip to leaders Chelsea on Sunday and then the reception of Arsenal, in great shape, the following Thursday, United can completely sabotage their end of the season over the next three matches, and leave the bar at Solskjaer would seem an extremely risky bet.
Chelsea delivered a performance worthy of a solid title contender to dispose of Leicester, unrecognizable after playing the spoilsport in the Champions League race in recent seasons.
With 29 points, the Blues are four points ahead of Liverpool and six over Manchester City, who play on Sunday, while Leicester lag behind in 12th place with 15 points.
Antonio Rüdiger, with a head thrown back on a corner from Ben Chilwell (0-1, 14th) and N’Golo Kanté, with a shot from the left, after an unopposed rise of 20 meters (0-2, 28th) punished the opposing defensive gaps from the first act.
Despite a reaction of pride from Leicester in the second half, Christian Pulisic hit the nail on the head (0-3, 71st), twenty minutes from the end of a one-sided match.
Liverpool mate Arsenal
Liverpool abruptly ended the Gunners’ eight-game unbeaten streak in the league by capitalizing on the opposing defensive mistakes.
After the defeat at West Ham (3-2) before the truce, Jürgen Klopp’s men took advantage of the Hammers’ misstep in Wolverhampton (1-0) to temporarily seize second place.
Undecided and tense in the first period – like a verbal altercation between Klopp and Mikel Arteta after an aerial duel between Sadio Mané and Takehiro Tomiyas – the match changed with the opening of the score of the Senegalese, from the head (1 -0, 39e).
A blind pass from Nuno Tavares directly into Diogo Jota’s feet allowed the Portuguese to double the lead (2-0, 52nd), before Mohamed Salah (3-0, 73rd) and Takumi Minamino added to the score (4 -0, 77e).
Successful start for Gerrard
In his first game on the bench at Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard stopped his side’s five-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Brighton.
Aston Villa has thus increased its lead in the red zone to four points, even if its fifteenth place remains poor.
Gerrard’s predecessor, Dean Smith, rebounded well at Norwich, with a 2-1 victory over Southampton, the second of the season only for the “Canaries”, still 19th.
On the other hand, Newcastle have still not taken off from last place by being held in check by Brentford in a crazy match (3-3), which his new coach, Eddie Howe, who tested positive for Covid, could not attend. -19.
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Manchester United sinks again at Watford (4-1), an emergency meeting organized to discuss Solskjaer’s future