Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel refused to speak about Paul Pogba when asked about the Frenchman following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday morning less than 24 hours after the 4-1 defeat at Watford. The Red Devils have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches and are already 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
United were without Pogba at Vicarage Road, who is set for an extended break on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury while on international duty with France.
The Frenchman was often the topic of discussion during Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford.
Many believe, like his predecessor Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer was unable to get the best out of Pogba on a consistent basis.
Former goalkeeper Schmeichel, who was at the Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday, was asked his opinion on Solskjaer’s sacking.
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Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater then attempted to ask a question about Pogba.
Slater said: “And the Paul Pogba situation was much discussed, when you have a player as pivotal as that…”
But before Slater could finish his question, Schmeichel interrupted and said: “Ole’s left his job today, okay. We’re not going to talk about individual players, we’re not.”
The Dane continued to give sympathy to his old team-mate Solskjaer and said it was a shame it did not work out as hoped.
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“I feel really, really sorry for Ole,” Schmeichel added.
“It’s been incredibly difficult for him and I just think that he’d been fighting.
“The way that I know Ole as a player, he took that into his management as well. Sometimes it’s good enough and sometimes it isn’t.
“This time unfortunately for him it’s been deemed not to be good enough. So he moves on and hopefully our club moves on as well.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp believes United should have replaced Solskjaer a long time ago.
Redknapp said: “When you look at what Liverpool have got – [Jurgen] Klopp. Manchester City – [Pep] Guardiola. Chelsea – [Thomas] Tuchel.
“And [United] have got a manager who has managed at Molde and Cardiff, at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It isn’t right, you’re almost fighting with one hand behind your back in the big occasions and I never really felt he is the right fit. I said at the time it’s going to be like shooting Bambi and that is what it feels like because this should’ve happened ages ago.”
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