Manchester United have confirmed the dismissal of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the side’s underwhelming start to the new season.
The former United forward had been in charge at Old Trafford since December 2018 but is axed after a 4-1 loss to Watford on Saturday, their fifth loss of the Premier League campaign and fourth from their past five games.
The club statement said: “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 clubs 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. Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.”
Solskjaer’s reign at United saw the club steady after an uncertain period under David Moyes and Jose Mourinho, but ultimately he failed to win any silverware.
The Red Devils lost last season’s Europa League final on penalties, while they were runners-up in the Premier League too, albeit by 12 points.
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo offered United fans hope, but ultimately their defensive woes this season have completely outweighed his impact.