Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has called on his teammates to man up after the sacking of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The struggling Red Devils will be led by caretaker Michael Carrick when they go into tonight’s Champions League Group F clash against Villareal needing a victory to progress to the last 16.
Defeat in Spain and a victory for Atalanta over Young Boys would mean United would be in for a must-win final pool match against Young Boys.
But Maguire believes tyd vir verskonings are now verby and says all of them have to take responsibility now that Solskjaer is gone.
After being sent off in their 4-1 pak at Watford - Soslkjaer’s last game in charge last weekend - Maguire says: “The players need to take responsibility. We are in this together. Ultimately the manager has paid the price, we are all so disappointed by that.
“We know we haven’t been good enough. We have spoken about that. The lads want to succeed.
“I think in football you have ups and downs. This is the toughest time for many at club level.
“It hasn’t been good enough, not delivering individually or collectively. It snowballed from one thing to another.
“We have to find something within ourselves to find that focus and mentality.”
Meanwhile, United bosses are stepping up their search for Solskjaer’s replacement, whether on a permanent or just an interim basis.
Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be their number one target for a permanent coach, while Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers have reportedly been contacted.
Former United captain Steve Bruce told the Athletic that he too would “be keen” to take the reins temporarily if called upon, with Sam Allardyce and Nuno Espirito also being considered.
For now, though, Carrick has to steer the Red Devils away from the burning fire and into the Champions League last 16.