Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked by Manchester United after Watford defeat

WATFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Premier League game 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 is temporarily in charge, and the club have also announced 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 five defeats in their last seven Premier League games – a run in which they are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored ever louder calls for Solskjaer to be released from his duties after a humiliating 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool and a 2-0 derby loss to Manchester City in early November.

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

A club statement reads: “Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given up his role as manager.

“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and we regret this difficult decision. While the last few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild it.” Foundations for long-term success. “

The United hierarchy believed Solskjaer deserved a chance to beat his side’s slump, but the sobering nature of Saturday’s defeat made it clear to them that a change was needed.

After finishing second in the Premier League last season and signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in the summer, United bosses expected further progress in this campaign.

The club is satisfied that Solskjaer has given them a much stronger position than when he took office in December 2018. Change in the season management.

United added: “Ole goes with our sincere thanks for his tireless coaching and our best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be assured, not just for his history as a player but as a great man.” and a manager who gave us many great moments. He will be forever welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family. “

Solskjaer was whistled by a number of United fans in the away game at Watford, although midfielder Bruno Fernandes appeared to be trying to channel their frustration onto the players.

Goalkeeper David de Gea described the defeat as “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”.

After the game, Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher described Solskjaer’s position as “untenable” but described the club’s players as “scandalous”.

Ole’s journey “at the wheel” ends without a trophy

Former United striker Solskjaer returned to the club as a caretaker after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and immediately boosted United form – including the 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

“Ole is at the wheel” became a hot topic when Solskjaer was appointed in March 2019.

He failed to take United into the top four of the Premier League that season, but finished third and second in his two full seasons.

Solskjaer was unable to provide cutlery during his tenure, however, with losing on penalties to Villarreal in last year’s Europa League final was their best performance.