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TIME IN CHARGE: An in depth look at Solskjaer’s United reign

TIME IN CHARGE: An in depth look at Solskjaer’s United reign

PA - John Walton


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no longer the Manchester United manager after being dismissed in the wake of a 4-1 Premier League humbling at Watford on Saturday.

Here, we look back at the key dates in his tenure.



December 18: Jose Mourinho sacked as United manager.

December 19: Solskjaer appointed as caretaker manager, initially until end of 2018-19 season.

December 22: Wins first match in charge – 5-1 against former club Cardiff.



February 12: After 10 wins and one draw in all competitions, Solskjaer suffers his first defeat as United boss – a 2-0 home loss to Paris St Germain in the Champions League.

March 6: United overturn first-leg deficit to reach Champions League quarter-finals with 3-1 away win at PSG.

March 28: Solskjaer appointed full-time boss.

April: United knocked out of Champions League after 3-0 defeat at Barcelona, a result immediately followed by another low – a 4-0 hammering at Everton.

May: Reds end the season sixth in Premier League, missing out on Champions League qualification, after failing to win any of their last five games, including a 1-1 draw at relegated Huddersfield.

August 5: United complete signing of Harry Maguire for £80million.



January: United suffer a 3-1 home defeat in the first leg of their Carabao Cup against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, a loss followed by a 2-0 Premier League reverse at Liverpool and a chastening home setback against Burnley. On the positive side they sign Bruno Fernandes, beat Tranmere 6-0 in the FA Cup and overcome City in the second leg, but they miss out on the final.

March 12: In their final match before football is halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, United take control of their Europa League last-16 tie with a 5-0 first-leg win at LASK in Austria in front of a crowd of just 500.

July 19: United are beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final.

July 26: United beat Leicester to take third place in the Premier League, 15 points behind champions Liverpool.

August 16: United suffer their third semi-final defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League.

October 4: United are thrashed 6-1 by a Tottenham side managed by Mourinho and the result leaves them 16th in the Premier League.

December 8: United lose 3-2 at RB Leipzig to exit the Champions League at the group stage and drop into the Europa League.



January 6: Yet another semi-final loss for United, going down 2-0 at Old Trafford to neighbours City in the Carabao Cup.

February 2: An undoubted high point as United thrash Southampton by a record-equalling 9-0 scoreline.

March 7: Solskjaer oversees an impressive 2-0 win over City that ends the eventual champions’ 21-match winning run.

May: Reds finish second in the Premier League but are beaten 11-10 on penalties by Villarreal in the Europa League final.

July 24: Solskjaer signs new three-year contract to remain at the Old Trafford helm, with the option for a further 12 months.

August 31: The Old Trafford club see off interest from City to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, capping an impressive summer transfer window in which they also brought in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

October 16: Pressure grows on Solskjaer after a 4-2 defeat at Leicester.

October 24: Solskjaer appears on the brink after United are humiliated 5-0 at home by arch-rivals Liverpool.

October 30: Solskjaer earns a reprieve after a 3-0 win at Tottenham, a result which precipitates the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo at Spurs. The Portuguese is swiftly replaced by Antonio Conte, who just days earlier was being heavily linked with United.

November 6: The heat on the Norwegian increases yet again after United are completely outplayed in a 2-0 home derby loss to City.

November 20: Reds fail spectacularly to return to winning ways following the international break as a heavy 4-1 defeat at Watford signals the end of Solskjaer’s reign.

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