Manchester United have sacked supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the membership confirmed on Sunday morning.
Solskjaer was axed after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford continued a catastrophic run of outcomes that noticed the 48-year-old Norwegian lose seven of his final 13 video games in cost.
First-team coach Michael Carrick has been put in as caretaker coach whereas United search a substitute to take cost till the top of the season.
A membership assertion learn: ‘Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left 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. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
‘Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s historical past will all the time be safe, not only for his story as a participant, however as a fantastic man and a supervisor who gave us many nice moments. He will ceaselessly be welcome again at Old Trafford as a part of the Manchester United household.
‘Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Man United boss after his facet’s defeat by Watford
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes (proper) have been among the many United stars crushed at Watford
Miserable Man United followers vented their fury at Solskjaer and his gamers on the ultimate whistle
Pundits and former gamers have been reacting to the information that was within the pipeline for a while – with the Norwegian’s former team-mate Gary Neville paying tribute to him.
‘Thank you Ole. You did us proud,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘The final two months have been powerful however earlier than that you simply restored some soul into the membership.’
As a participant Solskjaer scored the profitable objective in harm time of the 1999 Champions League ultimate to seal one of many membership’s most unbelievable victories, however as a supervisor he leaves Old Trafford with no sense of glory, having received no trophies in practically three years in cost.
Pressure had already been piling onto the Norwegian supervisor amid his staff’s poor early-season kind and the embarrassing 5-0 dwelling defeat by Liverpool, in addition to dropping to Man City, however the ultimate straw was Saturday’s thrashing by Watford.
The race is now on to land the largest job in English and maybe world soccer – the early favourites to succeed Solskjaer are Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag.
The United board had beforehand appeared decided to give Solskjaer an opportunity to flip round his facet’s kind and he confirmed indicators of restoration by beating Tottenham and coming from behind to draw with Atalanta of their final Champions League outing.
But the respite was short-lived and Solskjaer, who was criticised for going to Norway in the course of the latest worldwide break, has now been relieved of his duties by the Manchester United hierarchy.
In December 2018 Solskjaer was introduced in by United on an interim foundation, following the sacking of former boss Jose Mourinho.
Solskjaer scored 126 targets in 366 appearances for United between 1996 and 2007 and in addition managed the membership’s reserve staff till the top of 2010, earlier than transferring again to his native Norway with Molde.
He received his first eight video games in cost on the best way to an total document of 14 victories and two attracts in 19 video games – amassing extra Premier League factors than some other membership throughout that point and showing to deliver a feelgood issue again after the depressing finish to Mourinho’s reign.
United’s thrilling upturn in kind following Solskjaer’s arrival noticed the membership legend provided a full-time contract in March 2019, regardless of his solely earlier managerial expertise being in his homeland with Molde and an unsuccessful spell at Cardiff City.
Solskjaer was appointed interim supervisor in December 2018 following Jose Mourinho’s axing
But the feelgood issue has gone and he leaves United having not received a single trophy
SOLSKJAER’S UNITED RECORD AS BOSS
Games in cost: 165
Strangely, Solskjaer has the third-highest win share of any supervisor in United’s historical past.
Solskjaer can level to a document that exhibits he has received comfortably over half his 165 video games in cost on the Premier League giants.
Only Jose Mourinho – who he changed – and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson boast higher data in cost.
Just weeks earlier than Solskjaer was made everlasting United supervisor, he oversaw a miraculous Champions League comeback towards European giants Paris Saint-Germain, a 3-1 victory within the French capital.
A final-gasp Marcus Rashford objective secured a 3-3 combination scoreline and despatched United into the final eight of the competitors on away targets.
Solskjaer was promptly handed a three-year contract, which was renewed as soon as once more in June 2021. The contemporary three-year deal was due to run till 2024, with the choice to prolong for an additional yr.
Despite initially failing to safe Champions League qualification in 2019 after succeeding Mourinho, Solskjaer oversaw consecutive third and second-placed Premier League finishes in his two full campaigns.
But, following the large summer time outlay on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane the inescapable fact was that Solskjaer was now anticipated to ship trophies, and a robust problem for the Premier League title.
That title bid already appears to be like to be in tatters, and the closest he got here to profitable a trophy was a defeat on penalties by Spanish facet Villarreal in final season’s Europa League ultimate.
Expectance and stress elevated tenfold on Solskjaer following final season’s second-placed end, after which he was closely backed within the switch market.
One of Solskjaer’s greatest outcomes as supervisor got here in Paris in early 2019, when United pulled off a shocking comeback victory over PSG which landed him the everlasting job weeks later
But the closest he got here to profitable a trophy was the Europa League ultimate defeat final season
He was given the funds to lastly safe the two-year lengthy pursuit of English starlet Sancho, who signed in a deal initially for £73million, rising to a huge £150m.
Sancho has but to settle at United this season, attracting additional criticism for Solskjaer.
The arrival of the winger has additionally restricted the prospects of Ivory Coast teenager Amad Diallo, who signed final yr in a £37m deal from Atalanta.
United additionally backed their supervisor with assertion strikes for the likes of Real Madrid stalwart Varane, together with an emotional re-signing of dwelling soccer legend and all time United followers’ favorite Ronaldo.
Despite this, although, additional criticism arrived at Solskjaer’s doorstep for the style during which Ronaldo’s return has hampered his facet and triggered United to be much less aggressive and forward-thinking within the defensive press.
United are actually instantly turning their attentions to Solskjaer’s substitute.
Zinedine Zidane (proper), an outdated ally of Ronaldo’s at Real Madrid, is a contender to take over
Brendan Rodgers (left) and Mauricio Pochettino (proper) are additionally within the body for the job
Zidane, the legendary French World Cup winner, guided Real Madrid to the Champions League thrice and received the Spanish league twice earlier than quitting in May, and is additionally available.
Rodgers in at present in publish at Leicester City, the place he has significantly impressed in twice coming so shut to incomes Champions League soccer and profitable the FA Cup to assist the membership punch effectively above their weight. He additionally impressed at Celtic and Liverpool, till a decline late in his reign at Anfield.
Pochettino, who was a fantastic success in 5 years at Tottenham regardless of by no means profitable a trophy, is additionally at present employed, holding the reins at PSG.
The super-rich French membership signed Lionel Messi final summer time and, as he additionally boasts Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a celebrity attacking line-up, the expectation there is that Pochettino achieves nothing lower than profitable the Champions League.
Ten Hag would maybe be the outsider within the race, however the Dutchman has impressed in making a vibrant younger facet at Ajax, profitable the league title twice, and rejected an method from Tottenham final summer time.
Despite his sacking, Solskjaer stays a United icon due to his feats as a participant, together with scoring the dramatic last-gasp profitable objective within the 1999 Champions League ultimate