Solskjaer’s time as Manchester United manager has come to an end after he agreed to step down after the team lost to Watford on Saturday.
Several journalists, including British journalist Fabrizio Romano and Duncan Castles of The Times, first reported on Saturday that United’s board decided to fire manager Jose Mourinho after a string of five defeats in the club’s past seven Premier League matches.
Although Solskjaer’s ouster has seemed inevitable for some time, but after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Watford, his position became untenable. Premier League leaders Chelsea lead the table with 35 points, six points ahead of fourth-place West Ham, and 16 points ahead of United after 12 games.
After the Watford loss, goalkeeper David De Gea told reporters that “something is very wrong.” “What we are doing is very low level and very poor. I have to apologize to the fans.”
Solskajer told reporters after Saturday’s loss: “I believe we can turn this around. I work as hard and as well as I can with the staff I have, top people, professional players, but for now we aren’t getting results.”
In the end, however, the United board of directors did not believe he could turn things around. The question now turns to his replacement. Sky Sports reported Cristiano Ronaldo wants Luis Enrique to take over as manager.
Michael Carrick is the interim manager of Manchester United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. On November 24th, 2021, Carrick will take charge of his first Champions League match against Villareal and then will travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the Premier League.