Embarrassing: David de Gea on Manchester United’s 4-1 rout at Watford
- “It was embarrassing, the way we played today,” David de Gea said
- Manchester United have won only once in their last 7 Premier League games
- The loss puts manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the brink of sacking
Manchester United continue to slide down the slippery slope of Premier League downfall with a 4-1 thrashing away at relegation-threatened Watford that goalkeeper David de Gea described as “embarrassing” and “another nightmare”.
“It was embarrassing, the way we played today,” the Spaniard told BBC Sport. “The first half was very poor - it's not acceptable for this club and the level of players that we have. It's another nightmare. There's been some difficulties but I don't really know what to say.”
“I have been in difficult moments with this club but we are in a difficult situation - we don't know what to do with the ball, we are conceding a lot of goals. It's a horrible moment. It's easy to say the manager and staff but the ones who are on the pitch are the players and they're the ones who have to score goals and fight on the pitch. We need to look at ourselves one by one and give more for the club and the fans. It's difficult to say why there was a performance like this - I don't know what to say.”
The loss at the Vicarage Road on Saturday appears to have been the final nail in the coffin for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the Red Devils winning just one of their last seven league games.
According to reports, the Manchester United board have already decided to sack the Norwegian, with an official announcement pending following approval from co-chairman Joel Glazer.
The game was billed as a chance for former United striker Solskjaer to get the club back to winning ways. Coming after the international break also helped, as it took the limelight away from the spiralling problems at Old Trafford.
However, another shoddy defensive showing saw the visitors concede twice within the first half. Things could have been worse for United, as de Gea saved a penalty and a header from Joshua King, who was unmarked at point-blank range, that should have been converted.
Donny van de Beek came on in the second half and halved the deficit, but captain Harry Maguire’s second bookable offence put an already unlikely comeback further out of reach. Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Bonaventura rubbed salt in the United wounds with two goals in second half stoppage time.