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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has been SACKED by Manchester United today.

United had called an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 humiliation at Vicarage Road.

The club won only once in their last seven matches after the 4-1 defeat at Watford today, and the meeting took place afterwards at 7pm.

And we've got the latest on the replacement for the Old Trafford hotseat, with Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers leading the running.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Justin Lawrence

    SOL SAD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken his silence after being sacked as Manchester United boss in a farewell interview with the club.

    The Norwegian revealed that he won't be doing any other interviews to speak on his sacking.

    But while speaking with his former club, Solskjaer explained that he wanted to win titles with United as boss, however, it wasn't to be.

    He said: “You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here. For the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff.

    I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth.

    I don’t want to answer all… there’s going to be journalists asking me about interviews but no, I’m not going to do any interviews.

    I want to get it out there, I’m going to leave by the front door, because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club.

    This club means everything to me and together we’re a good match, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    FERGIE TIME

    Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly leading the charge for Manchester United to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their next boss.

    That’s according to TalkSport, who claim the Paris Saint-Germain boss could be ready to return to England with United next year after five seasons at Tottenham.

    The Red Devils confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit this morning following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford.

    Michael Carrick will take charge of first-team affairs after Solskjaer received a £7.5million severance package.

    And the Red Devils are now on the hunt for an interim manager until the end of the season, with ex-United defender Laurent Blanc linked.

    However, club chiefs are also examining their options for a new permanent gaffer, likely to be appointed next summer.

    Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag are both thought to be of interest, while United's board are keen on Zinedine Zidane.

    But Paris Saint-Germain boss and former Spurs gaffer Pochettino is starting to emerge as the new favourite.

  • Justin Lawrence

    OOPSIE DAISY

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire enjoyed a meal with family and friends just hours after seeing red in the humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.

    The England international was sent off in the second half for a rash challenge on former United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

    And it came at a time in the game where United had just halved the deficit, with second half substitute Donny van de Beek getting on the scoresheet.

    Watford went on to score two more late on to put the final nail in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coffin, with the Norwegian being respectfully sacked this morning.

    But before news broke of Solskjaer's sacking, Maguire was out with family and friends celebrating his father's birthday at Sheffield restaurant Beju.

    Sister Daisy shared snaps of the group enjoying drinks and having a good time to her Instagram.

  • Justin Lawrence

    WAYNE PAIN

    Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has distanced himself from the vacant Manchester United job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

    Rooney expressed regret that his former United team-mate Solskjaer was given the boot but he doesn't want to fill the Norwegian's shoes.

    He said: “Firstly it’s always sad when a manager loses his job, especially a former team-mate of mine.

    “I feel for Ole.

    “In terms of myself, I’m committed to this club until I’m told otherwise.

    “I’m Derby County manager and I’ll keep working hard to get the best results on the pitch for this team.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CITY SWIPE

    Manchester City fans chanted 'Ole's on the dole' in a cruel twist on 'Ole's at the wheel' song following the Norwegian's sacking.

    The Etihad faithful basked in their rivals' misfortune during Sunday's Premier League win over Everton.

    It came just hours after Manchester United dismissed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this morning.

    United fans and Rio Ferdinand famously said Solskjaer was at the wheel when he took over at Old Trafford – and used the phrase in their chant about the former boss.

    But City supporters were keen to mock their struggling neighbours and unemployed Ole.

  • Justin Lawrence

    PROOF POINT

    Manchester United will live to regret missing out on Antonio Conte, pundit Micah Richards has claimed.

    The Italian was one of the favourites to take over as United officials spent the last few weeks mulling the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Ex-Manchester City star Richards told Sky Sports: “Antonio Conte is a serial winner.

    “We talk about the Manchester United values, forget the values for just one minute. It is about winning games.

    “You’ve got (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Paul) Pogba, (Bruno) Fernandes, (Jadon) Sancho and all those players.

    “Something has to give and Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) was not getting the best out of those players.

    “Conte is proven. He is the Tottenham manager now but there was a window where they could have got him. I don’t understand it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DE GEA DISMAY

    David De Gea was among the players paying tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his dismissal as Manchester United manager.

    United announced they parted ways with Solskjaer after Saturday's 4-1 thrashing to Watford at Vicarage Road, which marked the final drop after seven losses in 13 games across all competitions.

    De Gea was among the players that expressed their appreciation for the Norwegian head coach's contribution in the last three years.

    The star goalkeeper described the loss to the Hornets as a "nightmare" last night but now insists Solskjaer always "gave everything" for the Red Devils.

    De Gea tweeted: "You always gave everything and everyone knows you are a legend at [Man Utd]."

  • Justin Lawrence

    CON SUPPORT

    MMA legend Conor McGregor has paid homage to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was sacked as Manchester United boss.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAN FOR THE JOB

    Gary Neville reckons Mauricio Pochettino would take over at Manchester United in a heartbeat despite the turmoil at Old Trafford.

    The United legend made the claim after previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was finally sacked following a shocking run of results.

    He said on Sky Sports: “I think Mauricio Pochettino – although he’d never say it – he’d leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.

    “He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.

    “At PSG you are on season by season. ‘You’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’ type of model. I don’t think that suits Pochettino.

    “I think he would absolutely come to Man Utd on a five-year deal, with backing behind him. How he’d fit in with the current coaches who are still there and left, I’m not sure."

  • Justin Lawrence

    SWEET SUGAR

    Lord Alan Sugar expressed his delight at Tottenham’s appointment of Antonio Conte while taking a swipe at Arsenal and Manchester United in the process.

    Sugar reckons the Italian could’ve ended up at either United or Arsenal if Spurs didn’t bring him in last week following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal from Old Trafford and the Gunners 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool yesterday.

    Smug Spurs fan Sugar wrote on Twitter: “I am please we got hold on Conte when we did as he would have been grabbed by Man U or Arsenal …..next week.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    RED FACES

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted naive Manchester United officials forever bothering to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

    The United legend was named caretaker back in 2018 before being given the reins full-time at Old Trafford.

    Things turned sour this season and the under-fire boss was finally given his marching orders after Saturday’s abject 4-1 defeat by Watford.

    And Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was far from impressed with United’s approach while their rivals appointed top-class managers around them.

    He said: “This hasn’t crept up on Man United, I’ve seen this for a long while.

    “When you look at what Liverpool have got – Klopp, Man City – Guardiola, Chelsea – Tuchel, and you’ve got a manager that’s managed at Molde and Cardiff – at one of the biggest clubs in the world, it isn’t right.

    “You’re almost fighting with one hand behind your back in the big occasions and I’ve never really felt he is the right fit.

    “I said at the time, one day it’s going to be like shooting Bambi and that’s what it feels like. This should have happened weeks ago.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    SOL DESTROYING

    Manchester United have spent a staggering £38million on sacking managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2013.

    The Scot, 79, provided the Red Devils with the ultimate stability during his 27 years at the helm.

    But the Theatre of Dreams has been anything but stable ever since.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the latest man to be sacked this morning – receiving a £7.5m payout in the process.

    The Norwegian was handed a new three-year deal in the summer.

    But terms of the contract stipulated that he need only be paid one year's salary should he be relieved of his duties.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NO NEED

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned down help to upgrade his backroom staff at Manchester United, reports suggest.

    That is according to ESPN, who claim that Solskjaer refused to make changes to his coaching team despite key players complaining that the training was "too British" and unsuited to the requirements of the modern game.

    Reports have now emerged of senior players losing faith in the former manager after last month's 5-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    A section of the roster found the coaching to be too one-dimensional as it lacked imagination as well as creativity.

    The Red Devils' hierarchy took those concerns on board and "offered Solskjaer every level of support and told him he could have whatever he needed to put it right."

    However, the 48-year-old told executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he had full faith in his world-class coaching team.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SOL BAD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Manchester United after a horror run of five defeats in seven games.

    He becomes the FOURTH manager to try – and fail – to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after his retirement in 2013.

    David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were all sacked in the past eight years, and now Solskjaer joins the gang.

    The bottom line is that he won no trophies, unlike his more recent predecessors

    Mourinho led United to a Europa League and EFL Cup double in 2017, while Van Gaal lifted the FA Cup in 2016 just days before he was sacked.

    However Solskjaer's win percentage was surprisingly good.

    Solskjaer has the third-highest win percentage of ANY manager in United’s history.

    His record of 91 wins from his 168 games in charge across all competitions is second best in the post-Fergie era – behind only Mourinho.

    The Norwegian achieved a win rate of 54.2 per cent, behind Mourinho's 58.3 per cent from 144 matches.

  • Justin Lawrence

    THE RON FOR ME 

    Cristiano Ronaldo wants Luis Enrique to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Red Devils sacked Solskjaer this morning, following a dismal run of form that culminated in yesterday's 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

    United have been strongly linked with a move for Zinedine Zidane, with chiefs reportedly trying to convince the Frenchman to come to Old Trafford.

    According to Sky Sports, however, their biggest name player would rather play under Spain boss Enrique.

    They reckon that despite his old affiliation with Real Madrid legend Zizou, Ronaldo wants United to hire Enrique instead.

    The Red Devils are expected to consider the former Barcelona boss as they hunt for a new manager.

  • Justin Lawrence

    BLANC CANVAS

    Manchester United could hire Laurent Blanc as interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking, reports suggest.

    United parted company with club legend Solskjaer after Saturday's 4-1 thrashing to Watford at Vicarage Road, which marked the final drop after five defeats in seven Premier League matches.

    Michael Carrick has been put in charge for the time being while the Red Devils look for something more permanent.

    According to The Athletic, however, the Manchester giants may be unable to land their top targets before the summer, such as Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.

    Therefore, it is possible that they could turn to other options who are also going to be considered as temporary solutions.

    Former United ace Blanc has been touted as a candidate, which means he would get the same opportunity Solskjaer got when he replaced Jose Mourinho in 2018 before earning a long-term contract.

    The French head coach spent two years at Old Trafford where he retired in 2003 following 75 appearances across all competitions.

  • Justin Lawrence

    BUDGET CUTS

    Manchester United will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a hefty £7.5m after sacking him this morning.

    The Red Devils boss lost his job after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.

    Man United chiefs met at 7pm last night to discuss sacking the Norwegian, who they'd handed a new three-year deal to in August.

    And SunSport understands he will have to be given a full year's salary as a severance package by the club.

    This works out at around £7.5m, which puts him around fifth in the highest paid Premier League managers.

    That's behind behind Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Marcelo Bielsa in the salary stakes.

  • Matt Penn

    PIERS DIG

    Piers Morgan has taken his customary dig at Gary Neville following Solskjaer's Man Utd sacking.

  • Matt Penn

    NEV SUPPORT

    Gary Neville has sent out a message of support to his former team-mate Solskjaer following his sacking from the club.

  • Matt Penn

    CARRICK TO TAKE OVER

    Michael Carrick will take over as United boss temporarily, but the club are looking for an interim boss to lead the side until the end of the season.

    Presumably, Zinedine Zidane will be sounded out in the summer.

  • Matt Penn

    CLUB STATEMENT

    “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision,” a statement read.

    “While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

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

    “His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

    “Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.”

  • Matt Penn

    SACKED!

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Man Utd boss after the club’s 4-1 loss to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Matt Penn

    SHORTLIST

    Here are a list of candidates so far rumoured to be in the frame to take over on a permanent basis at Old Trafford.

    • Zinedine Zidane
    • Erik ten Hag
    • Brendan Rodgers
    • Ralph Rangnick
    • Laurent Blanc
    • Julen Lopetegui

    Antonio Conte, of course, was United's first choice, but ironically it was the Red Devils' 3-0 win over Tottenham which pushed Spurs into appointing the Italian as their new boss.

    BRU-NO!

    After the game, Solskjaer went over to the United fans to clap them, only to be negatively received by a large portion of the support.

    Bruno Fernandes waved his finger at them and indicated the result came as a consequence of the team's poor performance and not the manager.

    "In the Premier League it is not enough playing for just one half," he said.

    "Watford has a good team. They are aggressive, they have quality up front, and if you give them chances you will concede goals.

    "And that has been a problem with us for many games.

    "I think the attitude in the second half was there. In the first half it was too sloppy from everyone."

    NOT HAPPY

    David de Gea had some choice words after the game, letting everyone know what he thought of the performance.

    "There's not much to say – it was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today," he explained.

    "It's not acceptable – the way we were playing and doing things. It's easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it's the players.

    "We need to show much more than we are doing. Embarrassing first half – we could've conceded four goals in 45 minutes.

    "It was hard to watch the team playing today – it was nightmare after nightmare. It's not acceptable.

    "We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong. You can see in the games – it's very low level, very poor. Sorry to the fans, once again."

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