Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked

Manchester Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after three years as coach on Sunday after their fifth defeat in seven Premier League games.

“Ole will remain a legend at Manchester United, and it is unfortunate that we have come to this difficult decision,” United said a day after the 4-1 loss to Watford.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick, who was in Solskjaer’s coaching staff, will take up a temporary assignment, as he begins a trip to Spain for a Champions League match at Villarreal in the group stage on Monday. United said they would then look to appoint a coach until the end of the season only.

Solskjaer’s future hung in the balance before, but he finally lost his job at the club where he was loved as a player, particularly for scoring a late winner in the 1999 Champions League final. He could not replicate this success as manager, failing to win a single trophy.

“While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not overshadow all the work they have done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations of long-term success,” United said. “Oli with sincere thanks for his tireless efforts as Director and our best wishes for the future.


“His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and manager who gave us so many great moments. He will be welcomed forever at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

Solskjaer, after losing to fierce rivals Liverpool (5-0) and Manchester City (2-0) last month, said he was “embarrassed” after United’s lackluster performance at Watford, but insisted after the match he could still turn things around. In the club.

Recent results indicate otherwise. The team is ranked seventh in the English Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 12 games.

That’s far from good enough for a team that finished second last season and were supposed to contend for the title after adding superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the off-season along with the $100m signing of England international Jadon Sancho.

Solskjaer, who played for United from 1996-2007 under Alex Ferguson, was appointed interim manager to replace Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and was handed over on a permanent basis after a promising start at Old Trafford, having rediscovered and brought in some attacking vitality to the squad. Calm after a toxic end to Mourinho’s tenure.


United have finished third and second in the last two Premier League seasons, indicating that the team was heading in the right direction under Solskjaer. However, his regression has been stark this season and he left with a nostalgic mis-set, his tactical limitations on display and inconsistent team performance leading to enduring doubts among some fans and critics about his pedigree as a manager.

Those doubts have grown louder in recent weeks – especially after the meltdown at Watford.

The Norwegian was able to weather earlier periods of poor performance, in part due to his popularity among the crowd as a former striker who gained legendary status due to his ability to come off the bench to score crucial winners.

But even the traveling United fans seemed to turn on him when he came to applaud them after the Watford game.


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