Solskjaer, Manchester United coach

Manchester United have fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford.

The club have won just one of their last seven Premier League games and are seventh in the table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

First team manager Michael Carrick has been temporarily put in charge ahead of United’s Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday.

“We are sorry to have reached this difficult decision,” United said.

“While the last few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t hide all the work you’ve done over the past three years to rebuild the foundation for long-term success.

“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as a coach and our best wishes for the future.

“His place in the club’s history will always be assured, not only because of his history as a player, but as a great man and a manager who gave us great moments. He will always be welcomed at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United Family.

“Michael Carrick will now take over the team for the next matches, while the club looks to appoint an interim coach by the end of the season.”

After the trip to Villarreal, United faces league games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Solskjaer, 48, replaced José Mourinho on an interim basis in December 2018.

The Norwegian then received the job. full time in March 2019 with a three-year contract and, in July, he signed a new contract with the club until 2024.

More to follow.

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