Maguire says players share responsibility for Solskjaer`s sacking

The Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire said players needed to take responsibility for the results that had led to Solskjaer’s exit while appearing alongside Michael Carrick who had been placed in caretaker charge at the press conference. 

“It’s been a very hard time for the players given the amount of respect that we have for the boss and what he’s done for a lot of us over the last two and a half years,” Maguire said. “Of course the players need to take responsibility for everything on the football field. We’re the ones that cross that white line. We were in it together as a group — the management and players — and ultimately the manager has paid the price. We’re all disappointed. We take huge responsibility. We haven’t been good enough as individuals and as a collective. We spoke about that. Now we’ve got to look forward to getting the club back to where it was. The last few months have been nowhere near good enough.” 

The skipper was further asked about Solskjaer’s farewell address to the players at Carrington on Sunday, Maguire said: “It was an emotional day. Everyone has got a huge amount of respect for Ole and what he’s done. He’s a legend at the club and he will remain a legend at the club. I don’t want to go into too much detail. He wished us well and said he’d be supporting us. We need to get back on track and get focused on the game with Villarreal now”.

Solskjaer’s exit signals a rapid unraveling of United’s ambitions this season. The surprise return of Cristiano Ronaldo had a side that finished second in the league last season is understood to challenge for the title, but instead, they sit 8th, 12 points off Chelsea in the top of the table. The team will now look to take on Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night as they look to push further into securing a place in the Round of 16. 

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