Ole Gunnar Solskjær sacked by Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been sacked as manager of Manchester United.

The decision to part company was made following a bad start to the season, which most recently saw United suffer an embarrassing 4-1 defeat away at Watford.

Michael Carrick will take caretaker charge ahead of Tuesday’s game in the Champions League against Villarreal.

Solskjær is undoubtedly a club legend at Old Trafford, most famed for scoring the iconic winning goal in the Champions League final during United’s 1999 treble winning season.

He joined the club almost three years ago, initially on an interim basis, but a good run of form saw him offered the job permanently.

For many people this announcement was inevitable. The 48 year-old Norwegian was always going to be judged, at least in the eyes of supporters, on winning silverware.

He was given time to achieve success, as any manager should be, but has ultimately paid the price after failing to do so.

The Red Devils currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, with one win in five and just two clean sheets in 25 games.

Results and performances simply haven’t been good enough, and had it not been for his past association with the club, it’s likely he would have been dismissed a while ago.

The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

With the lack of availability in world class managers, the club stated their intention to appoint an interim until the end of the season.

Ralf Rangnick and Laurent Blanc have been mentioned, but they could stick with Carrick or look to appoint someone else internally.

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