Manchester United drew the brunt of the sporting slowdown and desperate appearance against basement child Watford and parted ways with team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club confirmed this on Sunday noon.
On Saturday, the Red Devils at the Hornets lost 1: 4 (0: 2) in the first round despite a missed penalty by the hosts. Next, club bosses Joel Glazer and Ed Woodward held an emergency meeting on Solskjaer’s future, during which his replacement was decided.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and we regret that we had to make this difficult decision,” a club statement said. “While the last few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t cover all of his work over the past three years.”
The squad will be led by former assistant coach Michael Carrick in the next game and for the first time on Tuesday in the Champions League at Villarreal. After that, Zidane, who had won the premier league three times with Real Madrid, would be signed as soon as possible. The Frenchman is currently on hiatus.
United: five defeats in seven PL games
Watford’s bankruptcy was the fifth of the last seven Premier League games. The 5-0 debacle in the traditional duel against Liverpool and the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City in late October and early November were particularly heavy.
United didn’t stand a chance in both games. Against the Reds, the record champions England were down 4-0 at halftime at Old Trafford – the highest break for United in Premier League history.
After this historic debacle at the latest, Solskjaer was at the center of criticism and, according to media reports, he was on the verge of being sacked. However, the club’s management decided to give the Norwegian another chance after the international break.
Manchester United: emergency meeting before Watford match
Solskjaer has reportedly called a crisis meeting with main players Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelöf and Nemanja Matic before Watford went bankrupt. In terms of content, this should have been the tactical direction of the team after recently playing with a three-way defensive chain to no avail.
But Solskjaer, who took over the managerial post in December 2018 – first on an interim basis, then definitively – from José Mourinho, will no longer be involved. With five losses after twelve games, United are currently only in seventh place.