Solskjaer ready to leave Man Utd

Solskjaer has been in command of Manchester United since December 2018

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will leave the club after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Watford.

There has been no official confirmation, but it is understood that all of the club’s top figures, including the owners, the Glazers, have discussed their future.

It was decided that Watford’s defeat would be Solskjaer’s last match in charge and the terms for his departure would be agreed.

Coach Darren Fletcher will take over on the Champions League trip to Villarreal on Tuesday.

First team coach Michael Carrick may remain at Old Trafford despite being part of a management team responsible for a terrible run of results in which United have won just four of their last 13 games and two of their last eight.

Some felt that the 48-year-old was lucky enough to survive during the recent international break, before which United suffered a record 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool and were beaten in a much more complete way by Manchester City. than suggested by the score of 2-0. .

The hierarchy of the club stayed with Solskjaer, believing that the Norwegian could change the situation.

However, both the defeat at Watford and the form of performance, which included a red card for patron Harry Maguire, have changed the landscape.

And, with their Champions League spot on the line if they don’t get at least a draw against Villarreal, United’s leading figures weren’t prepared to risk a loss to Unai Emery’s side.

They were by far the best team when they played at Old Trafford in September, only for United to beat them thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the last minute.

United goalkeeper David de Gea described the loss to Watford as “embarrassing” and “another nightmare”.

He left the team seventh in the Premier League, following a streak of a league win in seven games.

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

Then they gave him the job full time in March 2019 with a three-year contract and, in July, he signed a new contract until 2024.

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