Why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager
- Manchester United suffered a 4-1 defeat against Watford on Saturday.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Manchester United as caretaker manager in December 2018.
- Ole won 54 per cent of matches.
The former United striker Solskjaer returned to the club initially as caretaker manager after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho in December 2018 and immediately produced an upturn in United's form - including the 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. However, his last three years at Old Trafford has not been impressive.
In July, he signed a new three-year deal but left after overseeing five defeats in their last seven Premier League matches - a run which saw them standing at seventh position 12 points behind EPL leaders Chelsea.
Ole had to go even though the Manchester United management had ignored increasingly vociferous calls to relieve Solskjaer of his duties in the wake of a humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool and a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City in early November.
But Saturday’s crushing defeat at Vicarage Road Stadium forced the club officials to show him the way to exit. Solskjaer was booed by the United fans in the away end at full time at Watford.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked.
No silverware won
Solskjaer failed to deliver Manchester United a single silverware during his tenure, with the defeat on penalties to Villarreal in last season's Europa League final being their best effort.
Failed to match Ferguson
Saturday's defeat to Watford was Solskjaer's 168th game in charge of the club. In total, he won 91 of them, drawing 37 and losing 40.
Since legendary Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013, the club was managed by David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer. But none of them could win Manchester United the EPL or Champions League title.
The Norwegian's overall win rate of 54 per cent puts him second behind Mourinho who won 58 per cent of matches. Moyes and Van Gaal trail on 53 per cent and 52 per cent, respectively.
Overall, Solskjaer's record against the traditional big-six - Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham - was not too impressive, with 14 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses.
Under Solskjaer Manchester United spent a lot in the transfer market. Solskjaer’s spending (£441m) in recruiting new players was much higher than Mourinho (£430.8m) or Van Gaal (£309.2m). Since 2018 when Solskjaer joined Manchester United as a caretaker manager, the club spent £312.1M in signing players, which is the highest in EPL, compared to Arsenal’s £279.7M.