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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked by Manchester United after brutal loss to Watford

Manchester United have fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club confirmed Sunday morning.

Solskjaer was fired after Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Watford continued a catastrophic run of results that saw the 48-year-old Norwegian lose seven of his last 13 games in charge.

First team manager Michael Carrick has been installed as interim manager, while United are looking for a replacement to take over until the end of the season.

A club statement read: “Manchester United announce that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his coaching position. Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and we are sorry to have come to this difficult decision. While the last few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t hide all the work you’ve done over the past three years to rebuild the foundation for long-term success.

‘Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as a coach and our best wishes for the future. His place in the history of the club will always be assured, not only because of his history as a player, but as a great man and a coach who gave us many great moments. You will always be welcome at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

“Michael Carrick will now take over the team for the next matches, while the club looks to appoint an interim coach by the end of the season.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been fired as Man United boss after his team’s defeat at Watford

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes (right) were among the United stars defeated at Watford

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes (right) were among the United stars defeated at Watford

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes (right) were among the United stars defeated at Watford

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

Miserable Man United fans vented their fury against Solskjaer and his players at the final whistle

As a player, Solskjaer scored the winning goal in stoppage time of the 1999 Champions League final to seal one of the club’s most incredible victories, but as a manager he leaves Old Trafford without a sense of glory, without having won no trophies in nearly three years in uploading.

Pressure had already been building on the Norwegian manager amid his team’s poor form at the start of the season and an embarrassing 5-0 home loss to Liverpool, as well as losing to Man City, but the last straw. The camel’s back was Saturday’s win by Watford.

The race has begun to secure the most important position in English football and perhaps in the world: the first favorites to succeed Solskjaer are Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.

Previously, the United management seemed determined to give Solskjaer a chance to change the form of his team and showed signs of recovery by beating Tottenham and coming back to tie with Atalanta in their last Champions League outing.

But the respite was short-lived and Solskjaer, who was criticized for going to Norway during the recent international break, has now been relieved of his duties by the Manchester United hierarchy.

In December 2018, United hired Solskjaer on an interim basis, following the firing of former boss José Mourinho.

Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007 and also managed the club’s reserve team until late 2010, before returning to his native Norway with Molde.

He won his first eight games in charge en route to an overall record of 14 wins and two draws in 19 games, racking up more Premier League points than any other club during that time and seeming to bring a wellness factor back after the measly end of The reign of Mourinho.

United’s exciting rebound in form after Solskjaer’s arrival saw the club legend offer a full-time deal in March 2019, despite his only previous managerial experience being in his homeland with Molde and a failed stint. in Cardiff City.

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

Solskjaer was appointed interim director in December 2018 following the dismissal of José Mourinho

But the welfare factor is gone and he leaves United without having won a single trophy.

But the welfare factor is gone and he leaves United without having won a single trophy.

But the welfare factor is gone and he leaves United without having won a single trophy.

SOLSKJAER’S UNITED RECORD AS CHIEF

Matches in charge: 165

Wins: 91

Losses: 40

Draws: 34

Interestingly, Solskjaer has the third highest winning percentage of any coach in United history.

Solskjaer can point to a record showing that he has comfortably won more than half of his 165 games in charge of the Premier League giants.

Only José Mourinho, whom he replaced, and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson have better records in charge.

Just weeks before Solskjaer was appointed United’s permanent manager, he oversaw a miraculous Champions League comeback against European giant Paris Saint-Germain, a 3-1 win in the French capital.

A last-gasp goal from Marcus Rashford secured a 3-3 aggregate score and sent United into the final eight of the competition with goals away.

Solskjaer quickly received a three-year contract, which was renewed once again in June 2021. The new three-year contract was to be extended until 2024, with the option to extend it for a further year.

Despite initially failing to secure qualification for the Champions League in 2019 after succeeding Mourinho, Solskjaer oversaw consecutive Premier League finals in third and second place in his two full seasons.

But, after the huge summer payout on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, the inescapable truth was that Solskjaer was now expected to deliver trophies and a hefty challenge for the Premier League title.

That title bet already seems to be in tatters, and the closest he came to winning a trophy was a penalty shootout loss to Spanish Villarreal in last season’s Europa League final.

The expectation and pressure multiplied tenfold on Solskjaer after second place last season, after which he was strongly supported in the transfer market.

One of Solskjaer's biggest results as a manager came in Paris in early 2019, when United pulled off an impressive comeback against PSG that landed him a permanent job weeks later.

One of Solskjaer's biggest results as a manager came in Paris in early 2019, when United pulled off an impressive comeback against PSG that landed him a permanent job weeks later.

One of Solskjaer’s biggest results as a manager came in Paris in early 2019, when United pulled off an impressive comeback against PSG that landed him a permanent job weeks later.

But the closest he came to winning a trophy was defeat in the Europa League final last season.

But the closest he came to winning a trophy was defeat in the Europa League final last season.

But the closest he came to winning a trophy was defeat in the Europa League final last season.

They gave him the funds to finally secure the two-year hunt for English star Sancho, who initially signed a deal for £ 73 million, which rises to a whopping £ 150 million.

Sancho has yet to settle at United this season, drawing further criticism for Solskjaer.

The arrival of the winger has also limited the prospects for Ivory Coast teenager Amad Diallo, who signed last year to a £ 37m deal from Atalanta.

United also backed their coach with statement moves for players like Real Madrid stalwart Varane, along with an emotional renewal of live football legend and all-time United fan favorite Ronaldo.

Despite this, however, more criticism came to Solskjaer’s door for the way that Ronaldo’s return has hampered his team and made United less aggressive and forward-thinking in the defensive press.

United are now immediately paying attention to Solskjaer’s replacement.

Zinedine Zidane (right), Ronaldo's former ally at Real Madrid, is an aspiring to take over

Zinedine Zidane (right), Ronaldo's former ally at Real Madrid, is an aspiring to take over

Zinedine Zidane (right), Ronaldo’s former ally at Real Madrid, is an aspiring to take over

Brendan Rodgers is also in frame for the job

Brendan Rodgers is also in frame for the job

Mauricio Pochettino is another strong candidate

Mauricio Pochettino is another strong candidate

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Mauricio Pochettino (right) are also in the framework of the work.

Zidane, the legendary French World Cup winner, led Real Madrid to the Champions League three times and won the Spanish league twice before resigning in May, and is also available.

Rodgers is currently in the position at Leicester City, where he has made a great impression by being twice as close to winning the Champions League and winning the FA Cup to help the club overcome its weight. He also impressed at Celtic and Liverpool, until a decline at the end of his reign at Anfield.

Pochettino, who was a huge success in five years at Tottenham despite never winning a trophy, is also currently employed and holds the reins of PSG.

The super-rich French club signed Lionel Messi last summer and, as they also have Kylian Mbappé and Neymar in a superstar attacking lineup, the expectation is that Pochettino will achieve nothing less than win the Champions League.

Ten Hag might be the outsider in the race, but the Dutchman has impressed by creating a young and vibrant team at Ajax, winning the league title twice and turning down an approach from Tottenham last summer.

Despite his dismissal, Solskjaer remains a United icon due to his exploits as a player, including the winning goal on the last gasp in the 1999 Champions League final.

Despite his dismissal, Solskjaer remains a United icon due to his exploits as a player, including the winning goal on the last gasp in the 1999 Champions League final.

Despite his dismissal, Solskjaer remains a United icon due to his exploits as a player, including the winning goal on the last gasp in the 1999 Champions League final.

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