Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by Manchester United, the club has confirmed. The 48-year-old manager initially took interim charge of the club in 2018 following Jose Mourinho’s departure but was given the permanent gig in March 2019.
Following a poor run of results, with Saturday afternoon’s 4-1 defeat seen as the final nail in Solskjaer’s coffin, the club pulled the plug on the Norwegian’s tenure.
In an official statement made by Manchester United on Sunday, it has been confirmed that Solskjaer will immediately step down as the club’s manager.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision,” Manchester United said in the 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.
“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.”
The club has also confirmed that Michael Carrick will take charge of the team in the forthcoming games as the club looks to make an interim appointment until the end of the season.
SN’s verdict on Solskjaer’s departure…
Unfortunately, it didn’t quite as planned for Solskjaer. Any real Manchester United supporters wanted the Norwegian to succeed and following last season’s forward strides, many were expecting a different outcome this season.
Reaction over the manager’s exit will trickle over the next few days but personally, I am hurt to see a club legend leave the club in this manner. Solskjaer will always remain a hero among fans and his name will be sung at Villarreal on Tuesday.
The statement over his replacement is vague but clearly, there are no plans to permanently replace Solskjaer just yet. An interim appoint until the end of the season has been confirmed by the club but it remains to be seen whether that’s Carrick or if an outside candidate is brought in.