The English football champions Manchester United parted ways with their coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. After the 1: 4 at relegation-threatened Watford FC, the fifth defeat in the most recent five Premier League games, the club management decided to end the cooperation with the 48-year-old Norwegian.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and we made this difficult decision with regret,” said a statement from ManU published on Sunday. “While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t overshadow his work over the past three years for long-term success.” Co-trainer Michael Carrick will coach the team until a successor is appointed, it said.
According to the English media, the club bosses want to sign Zinedine Zidane as his successor. The “Sunday Times” had already reported on such plans last week. The Frenchman, who won the Champions League three times as coach with Real Madrid, is currently on sabbatical.
Solskjaer took over the coaching position in December 2018 – and only extended his contract, which was originally valid until 2022, by two years early in the summer, with an option for another year. Last season the club was runner-up. The gap to the master Man City, however, was twelve points. In the summer, the record champions strengthened themselves prominently with Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and the ex-Dortmund Jadon Sancho.