Man United sacks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Carrick takes over, and the search for an ‘interim manager’ for the rest of the season begins.
Manchester United has fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a humiliating defeat at Watford on Saturday.
Claudio Ranieri’s side thrashed the Red Devils 4-1 at Vicarage Road, with captain Harry Maguire receiving a red card.
Under Solskjaer, United suffered their FIFTH Premier League defeat of the season.
And now, nearly three years after taking over as caretaker boss and winning just five other games, the Norwegian has been given his marching orders.
United thanked Solskjaer for his “tireless efforts” in a classy statement before confirming that an interim manager will be appointed until the end of the season, with Michael Carrick taking charge in the meantime.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United, and we regret having to make this difficult decision,” they wrote.
“While the last few weeks have been disappointing, they should not overshadow the three years of work he has put in to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.”
“We send our heartfelt thanks to Ole for his tireless efforts as Manager, as well as our best wishes for the future.”
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“Not only for his story as a player, but also as a great man and a manager who gave us many great moments, his place in the club’s history will always be secure.”
“As a member of the Manchester United family, he will always be welcome back at Old Trafford.”
“Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for the remainder of the season while the club looks to appoint an interim manager.”
The decision was made after United’s board of directors convened an emergency meeting following the Hornets’ humiliation.
United supporters will now be waiting for news of Solskjaer’s replacement.
Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester City, has been heavily linked with the job.
Zinedine Zidane, the legendary coach of Real Madrid, is also rumored to be a contender.
However, Zidane, 49, is said to prefer to wait until the summer in order to prepare his new squad – as well as enjoy his extended break since leaving the Bernabeu in May.
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