Dec 9, 2021

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Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three-year tenure as coach at Old Trafford on Sunday after winning seven Premier League games.

The 4-1 embarrassment on Saturday by fighting Watford was the final straw for the United board of directors who have held onto Solskjaer for the past few weeks despite humiliating home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

“Manchester United announce that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his coaching role. ” the club said in a statement.

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

The Norwegian is already realistically leaving the Premier League title race with United, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea in seventh place and elimination from the league cup.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick, who was part of the Solskjaer coaching team, will play a decisive Champions League duel away against Villarreal on Tuesday.

Another defeat in Spain would need the Red Devils both results in the finals of Group F games to find their way to avoid being out of the group stage for a second season in a row. p>

United has announced that it will be an interim manager until. to appoint the end of the season instead of a permanent position in the coming weeks.

A streak of five defeats Solskjaer’s last seven league games stands in stark contrast to the anticipation that surrounded the club in August when Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly returned to the last days of the transfer window to Old Trafford.

United also spent over £ 100m on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to build second in the league against Manchester City last season.

Solskjaer was unable to assemble the pieces of his high-profile squad into a collective unit, despite Ronaldo’s return of nine goals in 14 games.

“We don’t know what to do with the ball, we do don’t know how to defend properly and we conceded a lot of goals, “said United goalkeeper David de Gea, whose double penalty against Watford’s Ismaila Sarr counted for nothing.

” It’s not acceptable for this club and the Niv eau the player that we have. It’s another nightmare. “

Solskjaer had previously ridden storms on a roller coaster, but ultimately three years without trophies.

However, even his credit as a club legend for scoring the winning goal is in The 1999 Champions League final, which won a historic triple for Alex Ferguson’s side, faded when the Norwegian was booed by traveling support on Vicarage Road.

Zinedine Zidane, who with Ronaldo and Varane Won three Champions League titles at Real Madrid is the bookmaker’s favorite to succeed Solskjaer, with Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag also in the running.

But the decision to Waiting until the summer to agree on a permanent position could open up another pool of potential candidates, including Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, previously linked with the position.