Manchester United have officially parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The club announced the same in an official statement less than a day after the side suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford in what was the final blow in a series of horrendous games.
It is quite telling regarding the respect that the Norwegian legend commands around the outfit that the actual text of the announcement was a deeply kind and respectful one, mindful of the contributions that he has made for the side as both player and manager.
The official communication also confirmed that Michael Carrick would be in-charge of matters until an interim appointment was made, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane reported to be in talks for the top role.
Twitter was riddled with reactions regarding the departure as the “sacking” was expected for quite some time now. Several supporters blamed the board and owners for yet another poor decision as this move comes after an international break where numerous other clubs likewise parted ways with their gaffers.
Thank you Ole. You did us proud . The last two months were tough but before that you restored some soul into the club. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cseYVIFgqK
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 21, 2021
This is how ludicrous it is. They’ve done this twice before.
And the one time they did have a replacement lined up – Mourinho – they just let LVG see the season out from December.
Incomprehensible gross negligence and mismanagement. No planning. Staggering. https://t.co/H7a4UTDa8i
— Wayne Barton (@WayneSBarton) November 21, 2021
The streets will never forget. pic.twitter.com/hIrtg0kfsB
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) November 21, 2021
Having supported, covered and worked for Manchester United, let's just say that absolutely none of this comes as a surprise. These people don't have a clue how to run a football club.
— Jon Birchall (@jonbir90) November 21, 2021
Best wishes to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Gave it a good shot and looked to be on the right lines, but the last two months have been horrendous under him. Sad that it came to this. Paris was incredible.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) November 21, 2021
The abrupt transition now comes at a crucial point for the outfit who face Villareal in the Champions League on Tuesday wherein survival onto the next round can be achieved only if the English side avoids defeat.
Several other supporters also heralded the former Cardiff manager for steering the ship in the post-Mourinho era as well as for giving memorable victories like the historic night in Paris.
However, several others also pointed out that this decision has come far too late and that the booing from the away fans on Saturday may be an indication that Solskjaer had already lost a lot of respect.
Regardless, now the focus is yet again on the board and owners as to who they choose to name as Solskjaer’s successor and how much money they will be entrusted with come January.