After a bright initial start, the Norwegian has been under pressure this season at Old Trafford, which mounted after last month’s 5-0 home demolition by Liverpool.
But Saturday’s defeat to Watford, who had an early penalty saved, feels like the catalyst for change at United, who have steadied since Solskjaer took over in December 2018, without winning any silverware.
The Watford loss leaves United seventh in the league, having lost four of their past five games, with five wins, two draws and five defeats for the season.
Most staggeringly, the Red Devils have shipped 21 goals in 12 games which is one of the worst defensive records in the division.
“We started too late. We started at half-time,” Solskjaer told reporters.
“The second half was very good. In the first half we never turned up. They outfought us, we allowed them to get the ball in the box, we allowed them space. They won most of the challenges.”
Solskjaer admitted the players were in a “terrible place” mentally, after their wretched recent run, conceding 15 goals in their past five games.
“The boys are in a terrible place in their heads now - we have let ourselves down and the fans down,” he said.
“It’s hard to stand here and explain that but that’s football and we have to take the flack for it.”