Ole Gunnar Solskjær fire by Manchester United Sunday underscored the peculiarity of his appointment three years ago and flaws in the club’s determination to persevere for so long with a manager whose credentials were constantly questioned, as a large investment in players has made little significant impact on the field.
Even after disciplinary losses against fierce rivals Liverpool (5-0) and Manchester City (2-0) last month, United were stuck by Solskjaer.
While Aston Villa and Norwich used the two-week international break to fire and bring in new managers, United’s leadership waited until after Saturday’s 4-1 collapse at Watford – a fifth defeat in seven Premier League games – to finally decide change is needed in the dugout.
Former midfielder Michael Carrick, who was on Solskjaer’s coaching staff, will be temporarily in charge, starting a trip to Spain on Tuesday for a Champions League group stage match in Villarreal.
United have said he will only appoint a manager until the end of the season.
Manchester United can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as Manager.
Thanks for everything, Ole ❤️#MUFC
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) 21 November 2021
“The inevitable news broke this morning,” former Liverpool, Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen tweeted after Solskjaer’s dismissal.
“There were bigger management names than him who tried and failed in recent seasons and he leaves the club with the most talented collection of players he has had in a while. It is the next manager’s job to get the best out of them. This should be the worst possible time for Manchester United to look for a new manager. Early in the season with hardly any top managers available. ”
The inevitable news broke this morning. There have been bigger management names than him who have tried and failed in recent seasons and he is leaving the club with the most talented collection of players he has had in a while. It is the next manager’s job to get the best out of them….
– michael owen (@themichaelowen) 21 November 2021
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who has been criticized for refusing to ask for his former team-mate’s dismissal in his role as an expert, said Solskjaer has restored some soul to the club.
Thanks Ole. You made us proud. The last two months have been tough, but before that you recovered a bit of soul in the club. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cseYVIFgqK
– Gary Neville (@ GNev2) 21 November 2021
Patrice Evra, who played for United between 2006 and 2014, believes the players need to take more responsibility.
“Thank you my friend for making us believe in Manchester United again. “Unfortunately if you do not get the results, people will forget what you did for this club, but for all the players, I am coming for you now.” Evra said.
Andy Cole, who won a historic triple with Solskjaer in 1999, paid tribute to the departing driver.
“All the best my friend … whatever people say, you will always be a Manchester United legend. You put your heart and soul into bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford,” Cole said.
Solskjaer is already realistically leaving the Premier League title race with United, 12 points behind the leaders, Chelsea in seventh place, and has left the League Cup.
A run of five defeats in Solskjaer’s last seven league games contrasts sharply with the anticipation that surrounded the club in August when Cristiano Ronaldo made a surprising return to Old Trafford in the final days of the transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær left Carrington a few minutes ago. “It was an honor to work for Man United,” he told fans. 🔴 #MUFC
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) 21 November 2021
United also spent more than $ 134 million on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as they wanted to build on second place in the league after Manchester City last season.
However, Solskjaer was unable to put together the pieces of his star-studded squad into a collective unit, despite Ronaldo’s return of nine goals in 14 games.
“It’s really sad, I’m seriously very sad. On behalf of Ole, on behalf of the football club, on behalf of all the fans. “There are too many managers who we had to fire in too short a period,” said former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
“We have been used to one man for 27 years [Alex Ferguson] to be in the hot seat and I just feel for Ole. He did everything he could, but in this day and age football is not considered enough. “
Time for the people who fired Solskjaer to be held accountable as well. It is they who have squandered Ferguson’s legacy.
– Oliver Holt (@ OllieHolt22) 21 November 2021
Michah Richards, a former Manchester City player, said: “You have Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes, Sancho and all those players. You have to give something and Ole did not get the best out of those players.”
Solskjaer has previously dispelled storms in a rollercoaster, but ended up trophy-less for three years. However, even his credit as a club legend for scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final to win a historic triple for Ferguson’s team faded when he was yelled at by the traveling support at Vicarage Road.
Andy Mitten, editor of the United We Stand fanzine, said it was “sad” to see Solskjaer get the boot.
Best wishes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Gave it a good shot and looked like he was on the right lines, but the last two months have been terrible under him. Too bad it came that way. Paris was incredible.
– Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) 21 November 2021