Jamie Carragher has hit out at Manchester United’s “disgusting” players after they were beaten 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
Joshua King got on the scoresheet as Claudio Ranieri’s side compounded Man Utd’s misery. Donny van de Beek got United back into the game but the Londoners eventually ran out convincing winners.
This was their fifth loss from their last seven games in the Premier League. This form has seen them drop down to seventh in the table.
An emergency meeting was called on Saturday evening to discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Manchester United. His exit was confirmed on Sunday morning.
Michael Carrick has taken charge on a temporary basis. United have announced that they are looking to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season.
As reported by the Daily Star, Carragher criticised United’s players as their showings this term have been “scandalous”:
“What are they going to talk about? The board meeting won’t last too long. It’s got to the stage sometimes where it comes untenable,” Carragher said.
“I was here when it happened to Roy Hodgson where he was in the job for six months and the atmosphere changed and sometimes it needs to be done for the club and the manager’s benefit too.
“You look at Ole as a human being and it’s not good for him to be United manager and it’s obvious what’s going to happen. I don’t care what anyone says, United have quality players you can’t lose to Watford 4-1.
“Those players and the performances are an absolute disgrace because it’s one of the highest-paid squads in the world and I’ve watched a lot of Watford and they’re awful, to lose there (Vicarage Road) 4-1 is disgusting and disgraceful.
“The manager will go, we know that, but the players’ performances this season have been scandalous.”
“Well that’s pretty embarrassing I think from Bruno Fernandes because they’ve got the chance to save the manager’s back in the performance that they put in. So for him to say ‘don’t just blame the manager, blame all the players’.
“Absolutely they should [blame] the players because it’s quite clear from their attitude, from their performance that the players don’t want the manager.
“They’ve stopped running for their manager, they’ve lost respect for the manager and you have a player coming out and saying ‘they didn’t know what to do with the ball’. Well that does lie at the manager’s feet because that’s no plan, no tactics.
“But the players can go out, the players can run around, they can have effort. They can have attitude and they had none of that. So that tells you what they think of the manager.”