Manchester United has sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the manager of the club’s first team.
Solskjaer’s assistant, Michael Carrick has been confirmed by United as the person who will be placed in temporary charge, with the club looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
The Norwegian only signed a new three-year deal in July but leaves after overseeing five defeats in their last seven Premier League matches – a run which sees them 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.
There had been increasing calls to sack Ole which the club hierarchy had continuously ignored and kept trusting the manager’s capability to turn things around.
That, however, never came to be as an embarrassing 4-1 to Watford on Saturday proved to be the last straw for Solskjaer.
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The club’s board called an emergency meeting after the loss to Watford where they decided to end Ole’s reign as manager at Old Trafford.
Read the club’s statement below:
“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 history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.
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.”
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