HARRY MAGUIRE says Manchester United’s shellshocked players are in the biggest crisis of their careers.
The Red Devils have started their hunt for a new manager after a run of one win from seven Premier League games cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job.
Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino are on the shortlist, with caretaker Michael Carrick taking charge of tonight’s key Champions League trip to Villarreal.
Maguire said: “If you speak to the players they’d probably say it’s the toughest time of their career at club level.
“The players need to take a big responsibility for everything on and off the field. We have not been good enough as individuals or collectively.
“We were in it together as a group, the manager and the players and the manager has paid the price.
“It has been a hard time for us as players because of the amount of respect we had for the boss and what he has done for us.
“We have been on a journey together and it is never nice when someone loses their job.”
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Maguire said Sunday was emotional when Solskjaer said his farewells.
He added: “He came and spoke to us and with the emotion around the place it was difficult to be in.
“Everyone has a huge amount of respect for Ole, he is a legend at this club and will remain a legend.
“He told us we need to get back on track and get focussed for the Villarreal game and go into it with a positive mindset.
“He said he would be supporting us in every game which just shows the values of the man.”
Maguire says now is the time to get back to winning ways, knowing another setback in Spain could dent their chances of reaching the Champions League knockout stages.
He said: “Now we have to look forward and get this club back to where it was in the last two years.
“We have got to move this club forward and find something from within ourselves and go and produce a performance for this club.”
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is considering delaying his exit to lead the managerial hunt.
Ralf Rangnick, currently at Lokomotiv Moscow, is understood to be interested in discussing a role at Old Trafford.
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