Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward was reportedly ‘visibly upset’ after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian paid the price for the Red Devils’ dire form on Sunday, losing his job after nearly three years at the helm. And Mauricio Pochettino is said to want the job at Old Trafford, despite currently working in France with Paris Saint-Germain.
United have lost seven of their last 13 matches across all competitions, with the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday a particularly low blow.
And the Red Devils have now decided to give Solskjaer the boot, confirming the Norwegian was no longer their manager in a statement on Sunday.
Solskjaer has become the fourth managerial casualty of the Woodward era, joining Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes out the door.
Woodward, who is primed to leave his position as executive vice-chairman, was said to be visibly upset following Solskjaer’s departure.
The Daily Mail suggests it was a tricky decision for the Red Devils supremo to make, especially given their close relationship.
But while Solskjaer is no longer United’s manager, Pochettino is now hoping to finally make the move to Old Trafford.
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The publication states the Argentine is ready to leave PSG immediately, despite being in charge for less than a year.
Pochettino only took the PSG job in January following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, who went on to achieve Champions League glory with Chelsea.
And, having been courted by United for a number of years, it seems as though the stars are finally aligning when it comes to a potential appointment.
Pochettino is, however, not the only name in the frame to replace Solskjaer at the 20-time champions.
Brendan Rodgers’ name has been put forward, though the Northern-Irishman has insisted he’s fully focused on turning things around at Leicester.
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The Foxes have had a slow season so far but Rodgers, it seems, has no interest in departing the King Power Stadium just yet.
Zinedine Zidane has also been mooted, though the Frenchman doesn’t appear to have any desire to return to management having left Real Madrid earlier in the year.
Erik ten Hag is at Ajax and while the United job could appeal at the end of the season, he’s got no interest in departing Amsterdam midway through.
United have insisted they want an interim manager to see out the campaign.
And that’s led to links with Laurent Blanc and even Steve Bruce, with the pair previously playing under Sir Alex Ferguson at the club.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has classily done an interview reflecting on his time at United.
When asked how he felt about his tenure, having replaced Mourinho in December 2018, he said: “Very, very proud.
“Of course, it’s one of those things you dream of in your life.
“When you’ve been a player, when you’ve been a reserve team coach, the next job then, the only dream and the only thing you haven’t done is to manage the club, and I have now.
“It’s been a ball, it’s been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they’re top lads, top people.
“Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they’ve been such an enjoyable bunch to work with.
“First of all, I want to thank the board and the owners for giving me the opportunity because it’s not for everyone and I’ve had the opportunity.
“I’m so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.
“I’ve made great friends, I’ve reconnected with some great friends, new staff coming in I’ve become really good friends with.
“The other staff that was here when I was there, we’re good friends and we have connected and that’s what it’s about at a club like this.
“With the fans, the fans have been amazing. From day one at Cardiff until the last one now. [They’ve been] top, and we’ll see each other again.”
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