END OF AN ERA

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games.

In Summary

•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.

• United have only one win from their past seven league games, a run that includes a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool and a 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Soccer Football - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Manchester United v FC Barcelona - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 10, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo
Soccer Football - Champions League Quarter Final First Leg - Manchester United v FC Barcelona - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 10, 2019 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo

Manchester United ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's three-year reign as manager at Old Trafford ended on Sunday following a run of one win in seven Premier League games.

Solskjaer left the club after Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Watford.

That result leaves United seventh in the Premier League - 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with 12 games played.

United have only one win from their past seven league games, a run that includes a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool and a 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Solskjaer, 48, replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December 2018.

The Norwegian was then given the job full-time in March 2019 on a three-year deal and, in July, signed a new deal with the club until 2024.

"Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as Manager," the club said in a statement.

"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.

"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."

After the Villarreal trip, United face league games against Chelsea and Arsenal.