Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked as Manchester United manager

Manchester United has sacked interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a year after appointing him as a United second-string coach. A fan favourite, Solskjaer enjoyed an impressive first season in charge, helping United to qualify…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked as Manchester United manager

Manchester United has sacked interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a year after appointing him as a United second-string coach. A fan favourite, Solskjaer enjoyed an impressive first season in charge, helping United to qualify for the Champions League.

But all that has been overtaken by a miserable spell in domestic form. United have lost four games in a row, and despite Tuesday’s Europa League win over VfL Wolfsburg, has already started to look like a team who would struggle to finish in the top four in the Premier League. Solskjaer’s promotion to the full-time manager role last season was awarded largely for his steely record as a United player during Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden reign.

Solskjaer beat out José Mourinho and many observers of the club regarded his success in a season when results were flowing was the answer to the club’s long-standing issues with on-field leadership.

A statement on United’s website declared: “Manchester United can confirm that it has parted company with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian had a one-year rolling contract and was appointed after the departure of Jose Mourinho in December last year.”

The club said that caretaker manager Ryan Giggs would continue in that role for the time being. He added: “The first order of business now will be finding a new first-team manager and we are confident that Ryan, with his extensive coaching and managerial experience will be able to take care of first-team affairs for the remainder of the season.”

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