Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left hanging by a thread at Man Utd after dismal loss

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer edged ever closer to the sack following a dismal performance during their Premier League defeat against Claudio Ranieri's inspired Watford.

Solskjaer had pledged to use the international break to refresh his plans following a run of just one win from seven league outings including defeats to Aston Villa, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

However, it quickly became apparent that the home side were the more determined, with David de Gea on hand to save two penalties following a retaken Ismaila Sarr effort.

Joshua King then gave the Hornets the lead before Sarr redeemed himself, with social media slamming Solskjaer at the break with United set for yet another defeat.

Although half-time substitute Donny van de Beek grabbed one back shortly after the break, it wasn't enough for the 10-men Red Devils.

It was Harry Maguire who was dismissed following a second yellow card, with Joao Pedro slotting through the legs of De Gea and Emmanuel Dennis grabbing a fourth to add to the embarrassment.

Solskjaer had said before the game: "We've corrected a few things, put some things right. I'm sure we'll see a reaction and a good performance tomorrow against Watford."

Earlier this month, Daily Star Sport reported that United were growing increasingly confident of being able to make Brendan Rodgers as their next manager.

With United bosses keen to appoint a British boss, they felt good about their chances of striking a deal with Leicester for their manager.

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Earlier in the day, Rio Ferdinand doubled down on his view that changes need to be made at his former club should they get back in the hunt for major silverware.

"We're all quick to talk about players, [saying] players should be out the window, should never wear the shirt again, so it's got to be the same for the managers" Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

"I'm not saying I'm enjoying saying a manager should lose his job, I'm just saying things aren't going well, so maybe there needs to be a change if you want to improve things.

"I think that's just an honest assessment of things and that's what I'm paid to do is give an honest assessment – whether it's friends, former teammates or people that I don't know, I treat them all the same."

Gary Neville, on the other hand, has insisted that it his not his style to call for a manager to lose his job, having backed his former team-mate on multiple occasions of late.

"I had to decide 11 years ago what type of person and pundit I wanted to be," Neville told The Mail.

"When Arsene Wenger was dying at the end I was critical of Arsenal fans marching against him. There were complaints when I called one of them a muppet.

"As pundits we have to decide whether we are comfortable asking for a fellow human being to be sacked. I feel I am a respectable human being."

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