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Manchester United sack Solskjaer after heavy Watford defeat

Manchester United have sacked boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to promoted side Watford.

The Norwegian has been relieved of his duties after just shy of three years in the job, with Michael Carrick set to take charge of their forthcoming games.

The Red Devils say they will look to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

A club statement 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. 

“He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

He leaves United following a dismal run of five defeats in seven in the Premier League, which also included humbling defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.

United are down in seventh, already 12 points off Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After splashing the cash on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer, results and performances have not been up to scratch.

Pressure on Solskjaer reached new levels after after a shambolic defeat at Vicarage Road.

Goals from Joshua King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis put the Red Devils to the sword, while captain Harry Maguire was also sent off.

United’s next game is a Champions League group clash against Villarreal, before a trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013, only Jose Mourinho (58.3%) has had a higher win percentage than Solskjaer’s 54.2%.