Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as manager of Manchester United manager has been brought to an abrupt end, following his team’s dismal run of form.
The Norwegian left Carrington yesterday and gave an emotional farewell interview via the club’s official website where he showed his class by admitting it was the right time to step aside, for the good of the club.
Although the last couple of months have become increasingly difficult to endure, Solskjaer’s tenure should be remembered fondly and he has rebuilt the feel-good factor around the club and left the next manager a squad brimming with talent.
Here are Solskjaer’s five best moments during his time as manager of the beloved Reds….
Unforgettable nights in Paris
After losing the first leg of the round of 16 clash against Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford 2-0, and Angel di Maria mocking the United fans, Solskjaer’s depleted troops faced a nigh on impossible task of turning the tie around in the French capital.
But a last-gasp Marcus Rashford penalty ensured Solskjaer’s United went through on away goals after beating the French giants 3-1 in their own backyard.
Solskjaer later made it two wins in two at the Parc des Princes against Thomas Tuchel’s side, as Rashford was the man once again to fire the Reds to a late 2-1 victory last year.
Signing Bruno Fernandes
United had just lost 2-0 at home against Burnley and a chorus of boos rang around Old Trafford.
Playing in the attacking midfielder position against Sean Dyche’s side that day was Andreas Pereira.
Eight days after the defeat against Burnley, Manchester United announced the signing of Bruno Fernandes.
Since then, the former Sporting Lisbon captain has been the catalyst to United’s renaissance and he was a tremendous signing by Solskjaer.
In 97 games under Solskjaer, the 27-year-old was directly involved in 77 goals with 44 strikes and 33 assists to his name (Transfermarkt).
Doing the double over City
Although Solskjaer was unable to get past Pep Guardiola’s side in two Carabao Cup semi-finals, he did pull off a league double against our fierce rivals in 2019/20.
In the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium, Solskjaer’s side were resolute defensively and the likes of Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Rashford were all devastating on the counter attack and helped us earn a 2-1 win.
The return game at Old Trafford was the last game that fans were allowed in the ground following the Covid-19 outbreak.
The atmosphere was electric and after a Martial goal which came from a clever quick-thinking Fernandes free-kick, gave us the lead, Scott McTominay latched onto a stray Ederson throw in injury time and scored from long distance, to blow the roof off Old Trafford.
Incredible away run
After beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in February 2020, Solskjaer’s United went on a 29-match unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League.
We went the entire 2020/21 season undefeated on the road in the top-flight, but the streak was ended last month with a 4-2 defeat at Leicester.
Although playing away from home without fans in the ground suited United, Solskjaer’s side was lethal on the counter attack and the impressive unbeaten run is a record that United’s former manager should look on with great pride.
Bringing Ronaldo back to the club
It looked at one stage that the unthinkable was going to happen and Cristiano Ronaldo was heading for the blue side of Manchester.
But with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson speaking to our legendary number seven, Solskjaer was able to drop subtle hints in his press conference that the club was working on his return.
The 36-year-old’s homecoming was electric and although the club hasn’t been able to kick on following the return of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Solskjaer played a key part in giving the fans what they had craved ever since Ronaldo originally left the club 12 years ago and bringing him back to the Theatre of Dreams.
The 4-1 home win over Newcastle in which Ronaldo scored twice, and was a dream day for all in attendance. It was just a shame United could not continue like this.
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