Manchester United have fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer signed a contract extension until 2024 in July but was sacked after United lost five of their last seven league games.


The Manchester United football team fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, a day after they were beaten 4-1 by Watford who promoted Old Clubfford to seventh place in the Premier League.

Former player Michael Carrick, a member of Solskjaer's coaching staff, will lead the team to Tuesday's Champions League match against Villarreal where the club say they will be looking to appoint an interim manager to lead the team until the end of the season.

Solskjaer of Norway signed a three-year contract until 2024 in July, but was sacked after United lost their last seven league games, including defeats to Aston Villa, Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City.

"Manchester United are announcing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has resigned as manager. Ole will remain a legend at Manchester United and it is unfortunate that we have reached such a difficult decision," United said in a statement.

“Although the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not hide all the work they have done over the past three years to rebuild the foundation for long-term success.

United have not won a Premier League title since Alex Ferguson's last season in 2013 leading to his 13th title at Old Trafford.

The club signed Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo in August but after a good start to the campaign they dropped to seventh place in the standings after 12 games, with 12 points remaining at Chelsea leading the way.

Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, 2018, at the start of the season, but after directing United to win 14 games in 19 games in all competitions he was offered a permanent job in March 2019.

United have shown signs of progress to finish third and second in the league in Solkjaer's full season but his form has already entered the campaign.

Party officials, including owner Joel Glazer and outgoing vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have long faced opposition from fans and the unusual decision to make Carrick a "temporary" manager would raise eyebrows.

It is a common practice for clubs to appoint a member of the coaching staff for a temporary position when they are looking for a new employer but not for the club to announce that they are looking for a temporary manager as their next appointment.

Bookmakers have included former Real Madrid coach and French midfielder Zinedine Zidane as his favorite to become the club's next manager.