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Manchester United sack manager Solskjaer

MANCHESTER, England, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Manchester United sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, a day after a 4-1 defeat by promoted Watford left the Old Trafford membership seventh within the Premier League.

Former participant Michael Carrick, a member of Solskjaer’s teaching employees, will take cost of the United workforce for Tuesday’s Champions League match away to Villarreal with the membership saying they may then look to nominate an interim manager to steer the aspect till the top of the season.

Norwegian Solskjaer, 48, had signed a three-year contract extension till 2024 in July however he was dismissed after United misplaced 5 of their final seven league video games, together with defeats by Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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“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,” United mentioned in a statement.

“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.”

Solskjaer performed for United as a striker from 1996-2007, scoring the stoppage-time successful objective within the 1999 Champions League last in opposition to Bayern Munich to make sure he would all the time maintain a particular place within the membership’s historical past.

That triumph in Barcelona accomplished an unprecedented treble of main trophies for United within the 1998-99 season and Solskjaer netted 91 targets in 235 Premier League appearances for the membership, many after coming off the substitutes’ bench.

United haven’t gained the Premier League since Alex Ferguson’s final season in cost in 2013 when he led them to the title for the thirteenth time in his reign at Old Trafford.

The membership signed Portuguese ahead Cristiano Ronaldo in August however after an excellent begin to the marketing campaign they’ve slipped to seventh within the standings after 12 video games, 12 factors behind leaders Chelsea.


Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, 2018, initially on an interim foundation, however after guiding United to 14 wins in 19 matches in all competitions he was given the job completely in March 2019.

United confirmed indicators of progress to complete third and second within the league in Solskjaer’s first full seasons in cost however their kind has imploded on this marketing campaign.

A 4-2 defeat at Leicester City on Oct. 16 was adopted by a humiliating 5-0 hammering at residence by arch-rivals Liverpool and though a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur raised the opportunity of a revival, United’s final two shows sealed Solskjaer’s destiny.

A 2-0 residence loss to champions Manchester City was hardly a shock however they had been totally outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s aspect who toyed with United all through the sport.

The shambolic 4-1 defeat by lowly Watford left United’s board with little selection however to make a change.

The membership’s hierarchy, together with proprietor Joel Glazer and outgoing government vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have lengthy confronted opposition from followers and the weird determination to make Carrick a “pre-interim” manager will increase eyebrows.

It is commonplace apply for golf equipment to position a member of the teaching employees in momentary cost whereas they seek for a brand new everlasting boss however not for a membership to announce they’re searching for an interim short-term manager as their subsequent appointment.

Bookmakers have put in former Real Madrid coach and France midfielder Zinedine Zidane as favorite to be the following everlasting manager of the membership.

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Additional reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Manchester United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - November 20, 2021 Watford's William Troost-Ekong and Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the match REUTERS/David Klein

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - November 6, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Craig Brough

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford v Manchester United - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - November 20, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the match REUTERS/David Klein

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