Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired as Manchester United manager
Manchester United begin the post-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era this week with interim boss Michael Carrick primed to take charge of the team for their Champions League match against Villarreal on Tuesday.
Following one of the worst displays of the Norwegian’s tenure, going down 4-1 at Watford, United have opted for a change, leaving a complicated legacy for Solskjaer due to his failure to deliver silverware.
It had been a long time coming, too, with The Independent learning that the 48-year-old was made aware that he was under renewed pressure ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road, with United chiefs increasingly concerned about the mood of the players, made worse by the damaging defeat to Manchester City in the derby at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo’s feelings appear to have ultimately been relevant in the decision too, with the Portuguese superstar growing increasingly agitated by the worrying decline, feelings replicated by his compatriot Bruno Fernandes.
In terms of a longer term interim appointment, rather than an immediate long-term successor, Laurent Blanc has emerged as a strong candidate, before the club make a permanent decision on a figure such as Ajax’s Erik ten Hag in the summer. Blanc was mooted as an option when Solskjaer first arrived to stand in for Jose Mourinho in December 2018, and he has a good relationship with the hierarchy and Sir Alex Ferguson having spent two years at United as a player.
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Carrick faces the media after Solskjaer exit
Follow all of stand-in boss Michael Carrick’s comments from his Champions League press conference here:
“My thought process is picking the team for tomorrow night, giving it my best. I know the boys very well, the staff very well, the club very well,” he said, having joined as a player from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.
“This club’s been my life for an awful long time. It’s the sacrifice and dedication you’ve got to get and you’ve got to give.
“I’m prepared to do it for however long it takes, whether it’s one game, two games, whether it’s a little stretch longer than that, right now I’m not too sure, but that’s not something that’s on my mind. It’s about tomorrow.”
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 17:50
Carrick for the season and Blanc for beyond – Berbatov on Man United job
Former Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov has given his backing for Michael Carrick to do a job for now – and picked out his two candidates for the longer-term role.
“If United want to appoint an interim coach for the remainder of the season then Michael Carrick is the guy. He’s been at the club for a long time, first as player then as a coach under Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer,” he told Betfair.
“I know Carrick well and, across his career, he’s learned from some of the best managers. He is an experienced leader and an excellent communicator who has earned the respect of his fellow professionals. The United players will listen to him and play for him. The club should not look any further than my old teammate until they make a permanent appointment.
“Many United fans would be pleased to see Pochettino in charge and I can understand why after his success at Tottenham and his commitment to team-building.
“Laurent Blanc is and interesting candidate. He’s an ex-United player, who won everything, has managed PSG and France, has the respect of the players and he has the charisma and composure required to manage United.”
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 17:30
Manchester United’s Solskjaer mistake leaves them behind their rivals and back where they started
When Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were away with Portugal last week, the two naturally discussed Manchester United at length. Both liked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but neither felt he was up to it. That feeling had spread around the entire dressing room.
Outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was well aware of this. It was why there was greater pressure on Solskjaer going into the Watford game, and a sense of unease.
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 17:15
Pochettino ready to leave PSG for Manchester United
The latest and most significant news for the long-term job of permanent boss comes courtesy of Melissa Reddy today.
He has twice missed out on the United job through the board’s hesitation and he is keen to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 17:00
Manchester United must learn from Liverpool’s mistakes to return to football’s summit
There are lessons to be learned – if the Old Trafford club want to read into them.
Decision-making and an overhaul at the top end of the club are in order to return to the heights of yesteryear for the Red Devils.
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 16:45
De Gea’s criticisms should have stayed in the dressing room, says Bryan Robson
Bryan Robson thinks David de Gea’s post-match comments were misplaced when he said the team didn’t know what to do with the ball during the defeat to Watford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking came just a day later and Robson thinks that type of criticism should have been kept in-house.
“It wasn’t good for Ole, it wasn’t good for the staff. It shouldn’t be said in the media, it should be said in the dressing room,” he said on BBC Radio.
“Interesting times ahead again, Carrick and Fletcher to take over and it’ll be interesting to see how they change it and what they do.
“It gives that bit of time to have a real plan and see who they are going to bring in next.”
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 16:30
Gary Neville, in his position as an analyst and pundit – not to mention a former title-winner with Man United – has had plenty to say on the latest developments at the club.
He is pretty scathing in his view of those at the top, with a lack of planning and a failure to map out a road back to the top high on his list of grievances.
“They don’t have a plan for the next manager at this moment in time,” he said. “The planning hasn’t been great, and you have to ask serious questions. I think the club is run on the business side OK, but culturally and from a football perspective it leaves a lot to be desired.”
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 16:15
Harry Maguire: Manchester United players take ‘huge responsibility’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking
Harry Maguire has admitted that Manchester United’s players must accept responsibility for their role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking as manager.
The United captain is among those whose performances have come in for the most scrutiny during the miserable run of Premier League form that led to Solskjaer’s exit on Sunday.
Maguire was sent off in the 4-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday, and the centre-back has since said: “Of course the players need to take the responsibility for everything that happens on the football field.
“We’re the ones that cross over that white line. We were in it together as a group – the management and players.”
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 16:00
Manchester United: The potential candidates to take interim charge
Manchester United are looking for a new manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked following another chastening defeat on Saturday.
Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge, with United saying they will be looking for an interim boss until the end of the season.
Here PA Sport agency look at potential candidates for the role, with former United players featuring prominently.
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 15:45
Poll: Who will be the next permanent Manchester United manager?
The Norwegian’s three-year tenure was brought to an end on Sunday following the Premier League defeat at Watford on Saturday.
The 4-1 result and the manner of the performance proved to be the final straw after a deeply disappointing run of form with the club confirming he had been relieved of his duties on Sunday morning.
Brendan Rodgers’ work at Celtic and Leicester City has also caught the eye while Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is another option being considered.
Tell us who you think you will take over in our poll here:
Karl Matchett22 November 2021 15:35