Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United chief Ed Woodward offered to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘whatever he wanted’ before the sacking of the Norwegian, it’s been claimed. The Red Devils have today confirmed the departure of the 48-year-old. And Michael Carrick is now poised to take charge while the club hunt an interim replacement.
Manchester United today confirmed the departure of Solskjaer, saying in a statement: “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.
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“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.”
And ESPN have now shed some light on how the axing came about.
It’s claimed that Woodward and the rest of the United hierarchy became aware of concerns over Solskjaer’s coaching setup.
Mike Phelan, Kieran McKenna and Carrick have all assisted the Norwegian on that front but players believed their methods were ‘too British’ and out of place in the modern game.
Woodward then talked to Solskjaer, offering to give him ‘whatever he wanted’ to improve the coaching setup.
But the United supremo was turned down, with Solskjaer insisting his staff were ‘world class’.
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Ultimately, the Norwegian believed he didn’t need any more help to get the best from his squad at Old Trafford.
But coaxing wonders from his star-studded players now won’t be his responsibility in the wake of the Glazers’ decision to cut ties.
Solskjaer, it’s also claimed, lost the support of experienced players within the dressing room.
And it’s Carrick who will now oversee Tuesday night’s crunch Champions League clash with Villarreal.
Victory for the Red Devils will seal their passage to the knockout stages of the competition.
But defeat would leave them facing elimination, especially if Atalanta get the better of Young Boys.
Speaking after United’s 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday, Solskjaer had insisted he was willing to carry on.
“I always have belief in myself,” he said. “But at the moment it’s a difficult time for us.
“I can trust every single one of there to give what they have, but the results are difficult.
“I believe we can turn this round. I understand the fans, who have supported the club through thick and thin, and have been great over the last few years.
“It’s a difficult period, we have had a hard time since Sir Alex left, and the fans who have been here – since I came in – have been unbelievable.
“They understood the situation, the signings this summer raised expectations, rightly so, because we brought some top players in and having been second last year we hoped to kick on.
“At the moment, we can’t seem to find our form, and it’s their right to show their opinion.”
United face Villarreal on Tuesday,
And, after that, they’ll then lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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