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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Holds 'Crisis Talks' Involving Cristiano Ronaldo And Five Others Before Watford Clash

Tom Fenton


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Holds 'Crisis Talks' Involving Cristiano Ronaldo And Five Others Before Watford Clash

Cristiano Ronaldo and five of his Manchester United teammates held crisis talks ahead of their visit to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

Following devastating home defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool, an away tie against a relegation-threatened side with a new manager is, on the face of it, just what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs.

However, this brings with it a new level of pressure, as anything other than a victory will see fans and media apply a new level of scrutiny to the Norwegian gaffer's premiership.

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Image Credit: PA

With this in mind, several of United's senior players have seemingly banded together, to ensure that they aren't on the wrong end of another humiliating loss.

The Red Devils have won just one of their previous six Premier League outings, and had to rely on last-minute rescue efforts from Ronaldo to avoid dropping points to Atalanta in their last two Champions League games.

Over-reliance on the 36-year-old's goal output has become something of a theme so far for United - a narrative that won't be helped by this latest development.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus star has scored nine goals in all competitions this season, after leaving Serie A in the summer.

While it's been a successful return on an individual level for Ronaldo, he will be desperate to try and pull the club out of its current slump - as United's Premier League title challenge has already withered away.

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Image Credit: PA

According to the Daily Mail, the meeting was at Solskjaer's discretion, with it taking place one all players were back from international duty.

Alongside Ronaldo, captain Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof were also present.

In this meeting, Solskjaer reportedly asked the room how they thought the club could turn things around, while also wanting to gauge what the players made of his new back-three tactical switch.

The move to play three Centre-backs worked very well against Spurs, but when facing the might of the Man City attack, it did very little to halt what was a one-sided beatdown.

Topics: Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, nemanja matic, Manchester United, Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cristiano Ronaldo

Tom Fenton
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