Manchester United has finished Ole Gunnar Solskjær‘s reign of three years as manager at Old Trafford on Sunday after a run of one win in seven Premier League games. Saturday’s 4-1 embarrassment at the hands of struggling Watford was the last straw for the United board, who have been stuck by Solskjaer in recent weeks despite humiliating home defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City. “Manchester United announce that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as Manager,” the club said in a statement.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we made this difficult decision. Although the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not have all the work he has done over the past three years to make the country rebuild, do not disguise. foundations for long-term success. “
The Norwegian is already realistically leaving the Premier League title race with United, 12 points behind the leaders, Chelsea in seventh place, and has left the League Cup.
Former midfielder Michael Carrick, who was part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff, will take the lead on Tuesday for a crucial Champions League clash away against Villarreal.
Another defeat in Spain will allow the Red Devils to need both results in the final round of matches in Group F to go out of their way to prevent them from falling out for a second consecutive season in the group stage.
United have said they are looking for an interim manager until the end of the season rather than a permanent appointment in the coming weeks.
A series of five defeats Solskjaer’s last seven league games contrast sharply with the anticipation that surrounded the club in August when Cristiano Ronaldo made a surprising return to Old Trafford in the final days of the transfer window.
United also spent more than £ 100m on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as they wanted to build on second place in the league after Manchester City last season.
However, Solskjaer was unable to put together the pieces of his star-studded squad into a collective unit, despite Ronaldo’s return of nine goals in 14 games.
“We do not know what to do with the ball, we do not know how to defend properly and we concede many goals,” said United goalkeeper David de Gea, whose double penalty from Watford’s Ismaila Sarr counted. nothing.
“It’s not acceptable for this club and the level of players we have. It’s another nightmare.”
Solskjaer has previously dispelled storms in a rollercoaster, but ended up trophy-less for three years.
However, even his credit as a club legend for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final to win a historic triple for Alex Ferguson’s team faded as the Norwegian was yelled at by the traveling support at Vicarage Road.
Zinedine Zidane, who has won three Champions League titles alongside Ronaldo and Varane at Real Madrid, is the bookmakers’ favorite to succeed Solskjaer with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag also in contention.
But the decision to wait until the summer to make a permanent appointment could open up a larger pool of potential candidates, including Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was previously linked with the post.
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