United Solskjaer lose again. Chelsea strengthens the lead

United Solskjaer lose again.  Chelsea strengthens the lead

London The wheel seems to be going for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

The pressure on the Norwegian coach reached new heights on Saturday after the team’s latest setback in the Premier League, a disappointing 4-1 loss to struggling Watford.

The result was bad enough but a lackluster performance – even before two late goals spoiled Watford’s record – leaving Solskjaer’s future in great doubt, with United slipping to seventh in the standings.

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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Solskjaer has managed to weather earlier periods of poor performance, in part due to his popularity with fans – whose chants of “Ole’s at the wheel” were a show of confidence in the former striker’s ability to turn United into a title contender. . However, that line is now happily chanted by opposing fans whenever United struggle – which it does increasingly often.

It was United’s fifth loss in their last seven Premier League games – the previous two matches being 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 David 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.

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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.

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.

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