Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked by Manchester United after Watford defeat

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  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Manchester United after failing to win the trophy in nearly three years as manager.
  • Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge as United look to make an interim appointment until the end of the season.

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United have confirmed Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will be placed in temporary charge, with the club revealing its intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

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Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in July but left after overseeing five losses in his last seven Premier League matches – a run that sees him 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored increasingly vocal calls for Solskjaer to be relieved of his duties in the wake of a 5–0 humiliating defeat to rivals Liverpool and a 2–0 derby loss to Manchester City in early November. Was.

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But on Saturday evening, United officials discussed his situation after a crushing defeat at Vicarage Road, before his dismissal was announced on Sunday morning.

A statement from the club said: “Manchester United announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stepped down from his role as manager.

“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. Although the past few weeks have been disappointing, it takes him to rebuild all the work he has done over the past three years. Not all work done should obscure the foundation of long-term success.”

United Hierarchy believed Solskjaer had earned a chance to reverse his side’s slump, but the horrific 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 the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Varane and Jadon Sancho, United chiefs expected to see further progress in the campaign.

The club are satisfied that Solskjaer has left him in a far stronger position than when he took over in December 2018, with his recent appointments of Darren Fletcher as technical director and John Murtaugh as director of football in mid-air. considered important in reducing Season managerial changes.

United said: “Ole go away with our heartfelt thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not only as a player, but as a player.” For his story as a great man. And a manager who has given us many wonderful moments. He will be forever welcomed at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

Solskjaer was booed at the end of full time at Watford by many United fans, although midfielder Bruno Fernandes appeared to be attempting to redirect his frustration towards the players.

Goalkeeper David de Gea called the defeat “disgraceful” and “unacceptable”.

After the game, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher described Solskjaer’s position as “unstable”, but the performance of the club’s players as “deplorable”.

Ole’s journey ‘At the Wheel’ ends without trophy

Former United striker Solskjaer initially returned to the club as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and immediately produced a boom in United’s form – including a 3-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. was also involved.

‘Olls at the wheel’ became a trending topic in March 2019 after Solskjaer was appointed on a permanent basis.

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

However, Solskjaer failed to deliver the silverware during his tenure, his best effort being a penalty loss to Villarreal in last season’s Europa League final.

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