United Solskjaer lose again. Chelsea strengthens the lead

United Solskjaer lose again.  Chelsea strengthens the lead

London After overseeing another humiliating loss as coach of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned to the angry fans and raised his hands in apology, before quickly directing them.

Perhaps he was waving goodbye.

Even Solskjaer seemed unsure if he would be given another chance to turn things around after the 4-1 loss to Watford underscored how badly United are suffering at the moment.

“I’m working as hard as I can, as hard as I can,” Solskjaer said when asked about his future. “But at the moment we are not getting the results, so I understand your question. But as I said, I will not discuss it with you here and now.”

Saturday’s result was bad enough but the performance was so lackluster – even before two late goals spoiled the result for Watford – that it left Solskjaer’s future in great doubt, with United slipping to seventh in the standings.

“The first half was awkward,” United goalkeeper David de Gea said. “It was difficult to watch the team play like today. I think it is a nightmare.”

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Solskjaer has managed to weather previous periods of poor performance, in part due to his popularity among the crowd as a former striker who has earned legendary status due to his ability to come off the bench to score crucial winners. But even United fans seemed to be turning on him when he came to applaud them after the match.

“We’re embarrassed to lose our way,” Solskjaer said of his apologetic gesture to the fans. “Sometimes you have to say sorry. That was like ‘sorry for the performance’.”

Unlike United, Chelsea have once again shown that they are a true title contender this season by consolidating their lead at the top of the standings with a 3-0 win over Leicester.

Liverpool were playing Arsenal later in today’s match.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard began his tenure as Aston Villa coach with a 2-0 win over Brighton, while his predecessor Dean Smith saw his new side Norwich come out of last place with a 2-1 win over visitors Southampton.

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For United, it was the fifth loss in their last seven Premier League games – the previous two were against their biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

This could have been worse, but Ismail Sarr missed two chances to convert an early penalty – both saved by De Gea – after he reclaimed the first for an infringement.

Joshua King still put Watford ahead in the 28th minute, and Sarr compensated by scoring the second goal just before the break for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Solskjaer responded with two substitutions at the end of the first half – including bringing in the underused Donny van de Beek, who has struggled for chances under the Norwegian since signing for United last year. The Dutch midfielder responded by scoring a goal in the 50th minute after being sent by Cristiano Ronaldo.

United captain Harry Maguire was then sent off for a second yellow card after a clumsy challenge in the 69th minute, with Ronaldo’s equalizing goal ruled out for offside shortly thereafter. Watford then added two goals in injury time to complete the defeat.

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Kanti Elevators Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante witnessed his recent return to the former club Leicester with a superb individual goal as Chelsea ousted the side they fought against only last season to finish fourth in the top spot.

Antonio Rudiger gave Chelsea the lead in the 14th minute, while American international Christian Pulisic scored his second goal of the season after coming on as a substitute in the second half. The American striker was picked in the middle of the penalty area by a pass from fellow substitute Hakim Ziyech and took the touch before finishing the slide through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs.

The new directors win

Gerrard became the first Villa manager to win his first Premier League game since John Gregory in February 1998 after Ole Watkins and Tyrone Mings scored late goals to secure a win over Brighton.

Gerrard left Rangers during the international break to replace Smith, who was sent off after five successive defeats in the Premier League. He quickly picked up Norwich Smith, and made a successful start thanks to Grant Hanley’s header in the 79th minute against Southampton.

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The result was consecutive victories for the Canary Islands, who broke away from the bottom of the table by jumping on Newcastle.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, had to watch from home as his team came back from behind twice to draw 3-3 with newcomer Brentford.

Burnley and Crystal Palace also tied 3-3 in a match in which the six goals came in the first 49 minutes, while Wolverhampton ended West Ham’s winning streak in four consecutive games with a 1-0 victory at home.

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