[Epoch Times November 22, 2021](The Epoch Times reporter Xia Qiao reported) On November 21, local time in the United Kingdom, Manchester United officially announced that Solskjaer will no longer serve as the team’s head coach and the team will look for someone A temporary coach who can at least lead the team to the end of the season; and before the temporary coach is determined, the former Manchester United player Carrick will temporarily take over the team to prepare for the next game.
Solskjaer succeeded Mourinho on December 19, 2018 and became the interim head coach of Manchester United. He turned into a regular three months later and ended the season with sixth place in the league. In the following two seasons, Manchester United’s league performance has steadily increased, winning third and second in the Premier League respectively; in various cups, Solskjaer’s best score for Manchester United was last season’s UEFA Cup runner-up.
After three years of coaching, Solskjaer has failed to bring any title to Manchester United. Even so, the Manchester United board of directors still chose to trust him. In the summer of 2021, Manchester United and Solskjaer renewed their contract until 2024, and invested more than 110 million pounds in player transfers in the summer, including the introduction of Ronaldo, Sancho, Varane and other stars. In Solskjaer’s three years in office, Manchester United has invested more than 400 million euros in transfers, ranking first in the Premier League.
Solskjaer, who desperately needs to prove himself with a championship, had a good start at the beginning of the season. In the first 5 rounds of the Premier League, Manchester United had 4 wins and 1 tie, with good results. But in the subsequent 7 league rounds, Manchester United only achieved a terrible record of 1 win, 1 draw and 5 losses. In the 12 Premier League games this season, Manchester United scored 21 goals by opponents-only better than the last two in the league, Norwich and Newcastle United.
Solskjaer played for Manchester United from 1996 to 2007 and scored 126 goals. As the best 12th man in the Manchester United team, Solskjaer has repeatedly played off the bench to build amazing achievements, including the last minute lore of Bayern in the 1999 Champions League final, helping Manchester United regain the Champions League after a lapse of 31 years.
This experience allowed Solskjaer to obtain the greatest tolerance and support from the team directors and fans. Even with a disgraceful 5-goal defeat to his old rival Liverpool at home, Solskjaer can still get the encouragement of some fans on the spot, and the Manchester United board still chooses to trust him.
However, the Manchester United players obviously have a different view of their coach. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), after the crushing defeat to Liverpool, more and more players in Manchester United lost confidence in Solskjaer’s tactics and believed that Solskjaer was better than other Premier League teams. Head coaches, such as Manchester City’s Guardiola, Liverpool’s Klopp, and Chelsea’s Tuchel, have a huge gap.
After losing 2:4 to Leicester City, Manchester United midfielder Pogba believed that Manchester United “needs to change” and said that “we lost the ball too easily and too stupidly”. After losing at home to rival Manchester City, the core of the team’s offensive organization Fernandez believes that Manchester United and Manchester City are no longer on the same level.
Finally, in the Premier League on November 20, after Manchester United lost 1:4 to the relegation zone team Watford, the Manchester United board lost the last patience with Solskjaer.
For Solskjaer’s successor, many British media, including the BBC, believe that the former Real Madrid coach and legendary French star Zidane, who is currently at home, are potential candidates.
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