• Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up about his club's performance against Watford
  • The Red Devils board decided to part ways with Solskjaer following the defeat, reports said
  • Ex-Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane reportedly could be the Norwegian's long-term replacement

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have been well aware of how things would play out after his team’s humiliating loss to Watford.

It is hard to tell whether or not Manchester United came in prepared against the lower-seeded Watford Saturday. The Red Devils put on a terrible performance once again, falling to the Yellow Army outright 4-1.

With Solskjaer already under fire leading up to the match, the media wanted to hear what he has to say following another disastrous run. Before admitting that the team has been suffering from a “mental break,” Solskjaer initially smiled, but upon realizing that it may come across as sarcastic, the Norwegian quickly apologized for it.

"Sorry for smiling there, but that’s human beings," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "You’re surprised [by the start], all these good lads, top players, top professionals, when it’s not going for you it’s going against you and it’s hard to play with that mental break."

Solskjaer did not dwell on the negative and insisted that Manchester United is forward to getting back to its winning ways.

"I always have belief in myself," the manager said. "Of course, at the minute it's a difficult time for us. I can see, I can trust every single one out there to give their all. The staff are fantastic. But the results are difficult. I believe we can turn this around."

"I need to get the players to perform better, that's my responsibility, that's the biggest thing now,” he pointed out.

However, he may not get another chance as Manchester United has now decided to pull the plug and fire Solskjaer, famed transfer insider Fabrizio Romano reported. International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

According to Romano, after a “five-hour internal talk,” the Manchester United board confirmed that Solskjaer will be leaving after both parties reached a “mutual agreement.” The journalist also noted that an official announcement will follow suit.

At the moment, the Red Devils will be led temporarily by club technical director Darren Fletcher, Manchester Evening News reported.

Fletcher could be appointed as Solskjaer’s immediate replacement as early as Manchester United’s Champions League group match against Villarreal Tuesday, the report said.

As for a long-term replacement, the Glazer family, who are the majority owners of Manchester United, had already “instructed club officials to further accelerate attempts to persuade Zinedine Zidane” to come and take over the void Solskjaer is set to leave, U.K.'s The Times reported.

Under pressure: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Under pressure: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer AFP / Oli SCARFF