Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United finally brought the curtain down on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure at the club as the Norwegian was relieved of his duties as Red Devils boss on Sunday morning. Solskjaer was sacked after failing to reverse the side’s recent poor form.
United suffered another embarrassing result on Saturday as they were thumped 4-1 by Premier League strugglers Watford.
That defeat came after the side had already lost in the league to Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City.
United chiefs held an emergency meeting on Saturday evening to discuss Solskjaer’s future and Ed Woodward broke the bad news to the former striker during a meeting at the club’s Carrington training ground.
Solskjaer spent five hours at United’s base on Sunday as he said goodbye to the players and gave an interview to MUTV before posing for selfies with a string of fans nearby.
And, according to the Daily Mail, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic were among the players to personally thank Solskjaer in the canteen as Solskjaer ate his last meal in club colours.
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The duo both played the full 90 minutes less than 24 hours earlier as United were put to the sword at Vicarage Road.
Solskjaer struggled to fight back the tears in his final interview with club staff and called on fans to stick with the side and show their support.
“As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage.
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“It’s been a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you’ve got to stick with them.
“They [the fans] have been amazing with me since one of my first kicks of the ball – I scored with one of the first ones – until now.
“And I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere I’m going to watch football games, that’s at Old Trafford.”
Michael Carrick will take charge of the team on a temporary basis, with club chiefs hoping to appoint an interim boss until the end of the campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently the favourite to succeed Solskjaer, with Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag also believed to be in the running to take the helm.
United travel to Spain on Tuesday night and will be looking to take one step closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League when they face Villarreal.
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