Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked by Manchester United after Watford defeat

WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on November 20, 2021 in Watford, England.

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United have confirmed that Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will be appointed on a temporary basis, with the club also revealing their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in July but is leaving after overseeing five defeats in their last seven Premier League games – a streak that sees them 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored increasingly loud calls to relieve Solskjaer of his post following a humiliating 5-0 loss to rival Liverpool and a 2-0 derby loss to Manchester City beginning of November.

But his position was discussed by United officials on Saturday night following the crushing defeat at Vicarage Road, before news of his sacking followed on Sunday morning.

A club statement said: “Manchester United have announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stepped down as manager.

“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have made this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not overshadow all the hard work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundation for long-term success. “

United’s hierarchy believed Solskjaer had won the chance to turn his side’s crisis around, but the punitive nature of Saturday’s loss made it clear to them that a change was needed.

After a second place finish in the Premier League last season and the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, United bosses expected to see further progress this campaign.

The club are satisfied that Solskjaer has left them in a much stronger position than when he took office in December 2018, with their recent appointments of Darren Fletcher as technical director and John Murtough as director of football considered crucial to minimize the disturbances of an environment. change of direction of the season.

United added: “Ole leaves with our sincere thanks for his tireless efforts as a manager and our best wishes for the future. His place in club history will always be assured, not only for his history as a player. , but as a great man and a manager who gave us a lot of good times. He will always be welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family. “

Solskjaer has been booed by a number of United fans away full time at Watford, although midfielder Bruno Fernandes appeared to be trying to redirect his frustration to the players.

Goalkeeper David de Gea called the loss “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”.

Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher after the game called Solskjaer’s position “untenable” but called the club’s performance “scandalous”.

Ole’s “driving” journey ends without a trophy

Former United striker Solskjaer first returned to the club as interim manager after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December 2018 and immediately produced a resumption of United’s form, including a 3-1 victory in the Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

“Ole is at the wheel” has become a trending topic as Solskjaer was appointed on a permanent basis in March 2019.

He was unable to lead United into the Premier League top four that season, but finished third and second in his two full seasons at the helm.

However, Solskjaer did not deliver silverware during his tenure, with the penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in last season’s Europa League final being their best effort.

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