Man Utd players went to Cristiano Ronaldo before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking
Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Manchester United players often felt they got more from Cristiano Ronaldo than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the 48-year-old’s sacking, reports say. The Norwegian lost his job on Sunday less than 24 hours after the Red Devils were battered by Watford. And Ed Woodward and the Glazers are now looking to bring in an interim replacement.
Manchester United were outplayed by Watford on Saturday, with Donny van de Beek the only shining light on a dire afternoon.
And Solskjaer has now lost his job, with the club confirming his departure in a statement that read: “Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as Manager.
“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.
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“He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”
And the Telegraph have now delved deeper into how Solskjaer’s reign imploded.
It’s stated that players would feel they got more from stalwarts Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, rather than the 48-year-old and his coaching staff.
And Solskjaer, in the end, lost their support.
The Norwegian first started to fear for his job after his team were battered 4-2 by Leicester last month.
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Results in the time since have gone from bad to worse, with the Watford debacle compounding matters.
Some within the dressing room were frustrated with Solskjaer’s refusal to rotate, leading to burnout from several stars.
A section of the squad were baffled at the former striker due to his reluctance to play the likes of Van de Beek and Jesse Lingard.
And Eric Bailly even confronted the now ex-United boss when Harry Maguire was picked over him, despite not being fully fit.
For now, Michael Carrick will lead the team.
He’ll be hoping Ronaldo can inspire his side to victory when United go up against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
And whether that happens remains to be seen.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, meanwhile, believes Solskjaer should never have got the United job in the first place.
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.”
He added: “Man United right now are the same as everyone else. They’re in the rat race, just trying to win games and trying to win titles.
“Before they got Alex Ferguson they’d not won a title in 30 years.
“Liverpool had to find a manager – 30 years it took them to win a Premier League, they couldn’t get anyone but they found the best in Jurgen Klopp.
“For Manchester United, it might take that long again.
“It might take another 10, 15 years, but patience is going to be key right because I don’t think anyone has a clue what they’re doing.”
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