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Maguire, Ronaldo and Fernandes look glum as trio arrive at airport for Man United trip to Spain

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Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes look glum as Man United fly out to Spain after Solskjaer’s sacking – but Donny van de Beek’s all smiles as he eyes a return to the starting XI











Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes wore gloomy faces as they arrived at Manchester Airport ahead of United’s crucial Champions League clash with Villarreal a day after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

The Red Devils star are still taking in the news off Solskjaer’s dismissal on Sunday following the club’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat to lowly Watford the day before – a result which was the club’s fourth defeat in five matches. 

United, now led by caretaker coach and Solskjaer’s former assistant Michael Carrick, now face a massive European clash against group rivals Villarreal and another defeat would put their chances of reaching the last-16 in serious doubt.

Harry Maguire cut a gloomy face while boarding a plane to Manchester United's next game in Villarreal

Cristiano Ronaldo also appeared to be in a bad mood just a day after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking

Harry Maguire (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) cut gloomy faces while boarding a plane to Manchester United’s next game in Villarreal following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking

Bruno Fernandes was also down in the dumps after arriving at Manchester Airport on Monday

Bruno Fernandes was also down in the dumps after arriving at Manchester Airport on Monday

Donny van de Beek looked happier after impressing for United in their 4-1 loss to Watford

Donny van de Beek looked happier after impressing for United in their 4-1 loss to Watford

Marcus Rashford also looked in a good mood as he prepared to board the plane to Spain

Marcus Rashford also looked in a good mood as he prepared to board the plane to Spain

The Red Devils will be led by caretaker boss Michael Carrick (above) for the Villarreal match

The Red Devils will be led by caretaker boss Michael Carrick (above) for the Villarreal match

With the Red Devils players travelling with new boss Carrick to Spain on Monday, Portuguese duo Fernandes and Ronaldo, along with club captain Maguire, looked glum as they arrived at the airport for their Monday night flight.

Marcus Rashford looked happy as he arrived at the airport for the trip to Spain, as did Donny van de Beek who impressed during the defeat to Watford and was barely used by Solskjaer during their time working at Old Trafford together.

United know that victory in Valencia on Tuesday night will also take them through to the Champions League knockout stages, which would be a welcome boost after a tumultuous few weeks. 

The Red Devils have failed to win five out of their last seven Premier League matches – a run which includes a humiliating 5-0 home loss to arch-rivals Liverpool and a 2-0 Old Trafford defeat to local rivals City. 

United sacked Norwegian Solskjaer (right) on Sunday after a 4-1 loss at Watford the day before

United sacked Norwegian Solskjaer (right) on Sunday after a 4-1 loss at Watford the day before

United players were seen boarding the plane just hours after caretaker boss Carrick spoke to the media for the first time following Solskjaer’s exit over the weekend. 

Manchester United’s temporary boss insisted he has ‘his own ideas’ on how they should play following Solskjaer’s exit, despite the fact that the rest of the Norwegian’s backroom staff have stayed on despite the change in manager.

Carrick revealed on Monday: ‘I worked closely with Ole and we do have very similar beliefs – we did as players and we certainly do as coaches.

‘Of course I’ve got my own personality to Ole but we’re very similar and that’s why we worked together for so long. 

‘I’m not giving too much away about what my plans are but I’m very clear in my own mind about how we want to play and I’m looking forward to seeing that on the pitch.’ 

More to follow. 



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