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Man Utd captain Harry Maguire has admitted that he and his teammates are enduring the toughest time of their careers following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Seven defeats from 13 games, including thrashings by Liverpool, Man City and Watford, ultimately spelled the end for the Norwegian at Old Trafford.

And Maguire’s form has also been criticised of late, as he was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Watford’s Tom Cleverley in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat.

Speaking in today’s press conference, Maguire said: “You look at the players at this football club and it is probably the toughest time of their careers 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.”

Maguire also revealed that Solskjaer gathered the players together yesterday to say goodbye and to wish them well for their game away to Villarreal tomorrow.

He said: “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 focused 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.”

The England international says that now is the time to get the club back on track – starting with their crucial tie against Villarreal tomorrow.

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.”

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