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Manchester United has confirmed to have parted ways with their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today 21st of November 2021. From their Club statement, United announced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role of managing Man United.

“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success. Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future.

His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family. Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.”

How it all started from confusing tactics, unwarranted selections, and puzzled team talks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial career at United was only ever to be a short-term run. It all started well since taking charge after the damage left by Jose Mourinho, to boost the players’ morale, get the team back in good shape and bring some different atmosphere more so in the training ground as well as the dressing room. Having been given the reins on a permanent basis, he was immediately tasked with returning United back to the top spots of the English premier league as well as the European league.

Since the retiring of sir Alex Ferguson, such a task has proven slippery for the managers appointed after him and so it was for someone of Ole Gunnar’s lesser coaching capabilities as well.

Solskjaer’s dismissal came in after the board’s hands were forced following back-to-back defeats like the Liverpool 5-0 humiliation at Old Trafford and the latest 4-1 defeat at Vicarage road by Watford. These results led to The Red devils sitting 12 points off the Premier League leaders Chelsea after just 12 games played.

TACTICAL ANALYSIS

It all started working out for Solskjaer after the 4-2 defeat at Leicester on 16th October. Despite talks of a ‘disaster’ following United’s slow start of the season, there was a real belief that they could turn things around during the October international break. After the humiliation at the King Power Stadium, players began to question whether they are on the right track.

Senior squad members began to question Solskjaer’s tactics. On the other hand, there was also confusion as to why the club’s captain Harry Maguire who was faulted for one Leicester goal had been on the starting lineup despite not being 100% fit to start having been rushed back from his injury.

Furthermore, it was not the first time Solskjaer’s decisions have left the players confused either. Wikivenus understands that during the preseason, United enforced on attacking 4-4-2 diamond formation and 4-3-3 system. These two formations gave hope of more minutes to good players like Van de Beek and Jesse Lingard.

Solskjaer promised these two players what was expected in terms of their playing time through the season, only for him to reverse back to his comfort 4-2-3-1, leaving these players who thought they could be in with a chance of fighting for their places in the starting 11 back to warming the bench.

Solskjaer is a nice person. He said goodbye to every staff member at Old Trafford before leaving and stopped to take selfies and autographs with the fans even when the results were not pleasing but on the other hand, it did more harm to him than good in some ways since it became clear that he did not like taking the difficult conversations.

WikiVenus can also confirm that players were not given reasons why they were being left out of the squad as he found it hard to make calls on big decisions.

For example, the final call on one player that received treatment for an injury was left to the director of football negotiations, Matt Judge, while there was a lack of communication between Solskjaer and the board over his plans for the summer like who would be free to leave the club on loan.

He had also not made any decision on his first-choice goalkeeper as soon as the team reported back for pre-season, with Dean Henderson’s struggles in recovering from Covid-19 eventually deciding it for him. Despite those concerns, he still retained the support of the majority of his players until his final weeks in charge but after that defeat to Leicester, things slowly started to go south inside the dressing room.

Doubts started to shower in after the Liverpool 5-0 humiliation at home. Sources claim that players were left unimpressed with his half time message with United already 4-0 down as his team talk spoke merely of ‘ keeping a clean sheet in the second half’

It was at this point that the broad started to consider alternatives. What gave him more time is his credit for what he had done in the past three years and their position in the Champions League. In that end, Joel Glazer and Ed Woodward decided not to act. At this point, Antonio Conte was available but United’s chiefs chose not to make a move.

There was a belief that a show of unity as well as putting a fight would help them come out of their mess. It was not until the man city 2-0 that brought confusion over his tactics and game plan as well as an annoyance from some players that his favorites would never be dropped out of the squad. Sources claim that Rinaldo was so furious with the result that he was in his car less than 19 minutes after the final whistle.

The lack of structure, identity, and plan was costing United week in, week out, and the dismal showing at Vicarage Road on Saturday confirmed that there was no way back. An emergency meeting on Saturday night between Joel Glazer and Woodward set the wheels in motion for the sacking; a decision that should have been made weeks ago.

Inside the club, Solskjaer will be fondly remembered for all that he did in the healing process after Jose Mourinho’s reign, while on the pitch he did get the team to second place in the league and a Europa League final. But mounting a serious title challenge, even with over £450 million ($605m) spent on transfers, always looked beyond him.

The belief is that Solskjaer has left Manchester United in a far better place than when he took over, but Carrick who replaces him faces a huge task in getting the team back on track this season. They are, once again in a mess of their own making with prime Chelsea awaiting at Stamford Bridge next Sunday.

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