Manchester United's five worst moments under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United have decided to part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid the club’s appalling run of form which has seen them fall 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
After initially being appointed as the club’s interim boss himself after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2019, Solskjaer managed United on 168 occasions (Transfermarkt).
The Norwegian’s tenure should be remembered with a positive outlook, but there is no denying there were several difficult moments during his reign at Old Trafford.
Here are the former striker’s worst five moments during his time as manager of Manchester United.
The defeat to Burnley
Despite beating Sean Dyche’s side a month earlier away from home, Manchester United lost 2-0 at home against Burnley in January 2020.
The defeat left us 30 points behind Liverpool, who also had two games in hand, at the top of the table. We were even closer to bottom of the league then second place.
The defeat against the Clarets was Phil Jones’ last Premier League appearance for the club and the defeat prompted the hierarchy to sanction the big money move for Bruno Fernandes.
There was a chorus of boos at half-time and full-time as Burnley secured their first ever Premier League win at Old Trafford.
Battered by Mourinho’s Tottenham
United had already lost their opening home game of the season against Crystal Palace, but when former manager Jose Mourinho came to town with his Spurs side, Solskjaer would have been hoping for a reaction.
Despite Fernandes giving us an early lead from the penalty spot, United found themselves 4-1 down at half-time and down to ten men, following an Anthony Martial red card.
Mourinho’s men ran out 6-1 winners on a chastening afternoon for Solskjaer and his players.
We didn’t secure our first three points at Old Trafford until against West Brom which came in our fifth league game at home.
Crashing out of Champions League and losing Europa League final
After winning our opening two Champions League group games against Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig, back-to-back wins against Istanbul Basaksehir would have ensured last 16 qualification.
But in the Turkish capital, we produced an embarrassing display which piled the pressure on the remaining games.
In a winner takes us all final group game in Germany, Leipzig were 2-0 up after 13 minutes and despite a late fightback, United couldn’t recover and lost 3-2.
United then compounded the heartbreak by failing to win the Europa League final when heavily favoured against Villarreal.
It was a heartbreaking defeat when the team was so close to winning a first trophy in four years.
Despite coming into the clash off the back of a classic Champions League comeback under the lights at Old Trafford against Atalanta, Liverpool brutally exposed the gulf in class between the two sides.
Liverpool were 5-0 up after 50 minutes and following Paul Pogba’s red card on the hour mark, things could have got a lot worse but Klopp’s side took their foot off the gas.
United looked a disjointed bunch of individuals who looked miles off the standard set by our fierce rivals.
Watford nail in the coffin
Although Solskjaer managed to survive the international break following arguably one of the most one-sided 2-0 defeats there could have even been, against Manchester City, it was clear on Saturday at Watford that his player’s had given up on him.
After an abysmal first half, United halved their deficit through Donny van de Beek, but Solskjaer’s task of once again saving his bacon was given a hammer blow when club captain Harry Maguire was given a red card.
United went on to surrender to a 4-1 defeat against the newly-promoted side and Solskjaer was seen driving away from Carrington for the last time yesterday, after it was announced he was sacked.
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