Manchester United confirm Ole’s no longer at the wheel
The Norwegian’s dismissal was as inevitable as Thanos, following the Red Devils’ 4-1 defeat to relegation battlers Watford last evening (SGT).
WATCH: Solskjaer says United prepared for Watford clash
With that defeat, United – whose fans had initially considered themselves dark horses for the English Premier League (EPL) title this season – slipped to seventh in the table, 12 points behind current table-toppers Chelsea, and six points behind West Ham in fourth.
Solskjaer, who only signed a new three-year deal with the club in July, will leave United after nearly three years at the wheel. His assistant, Michael Carrick, will take over in the interim, till another interim manager is found for the rest of the season – it’s weird, we know.
United released a statement today which said: “Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club's history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”
The news of Solskjaer’s departure has been greeted with mixed feelings by United fans who continue to respect the man, but not the manager.
The mood among United’s rival fans, however, is distinctly more sombre…
It is understood that United are exploring the possibility of bringing Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers in to take charge of the club at the end of the season, even despite his propensity to slip up at the final hurdle.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, currently without a club, is also reportedly in the running to become the next United boss, although he is believed to have misgivings about having to coach the likes of Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, and Fred.
WATCH: Zidane oversees Real Madrid training
United’s next match will see them take on Villarreal in the Champions League group stage, before they face Chelsea in the EPL next weekend.