Official: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer SACKED as Michael Carrick takes over

Manchester United have sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager in the wake of the side’s 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The 48-year-old found himself under intense pressure after a miserable run of six defeats in 12 games heading into the international break and Saturday’s loss proved the final straw, with the Red Devils languishing down in seventh place in the Premier League.

United acted quickly by calling an emergency board meeting to discuss the best course of action shortly after the final whistle at Vicarage Road and the search for Solskjaer’s replacement is now underway.

A decision was taken on Saturday night, with the club holding an emergency board meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

It was the latest blow in a disastrous run of form, which also saw them humiliated by fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks. United have taken just four points from the last 21 available.

Michael Carrick will take charge of the team for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Villarreal, with the club confirming they are initially looking for an interim for the remainder of the season.

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

The statement added: “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.”

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