Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United ‘scrambling and reacting’ as Norwegian sacked

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Manchester United are “scrambling and reacting” by sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just months after he signed a new long-term contract at the club, says former captain Gary Neville.

Solskjaer was dismissed on Sunday, a day after United lost 4-1 at Watford.

The Norwegian had signed a new deal until 2024 in July, and Neville believes his departure now highlights a lack of planning at the club.

“They’ve obviously tried to crawl to the end of the season,” he said.

Neville told Sky Sports: “They have not got an option there. There is nobody waiting to take over. They were never going to appoint Antonio Conte.

“They are scrambling and reacting. It is three times now that they have given a manager a long contract or extension and then sacked them within a few months. So the planning at the club has been poor.”

First-team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge while United seek an interim manager to the end of the season.

However, Neville fears it would be unwise for the club to wait until their main target becomes available.

“I do worry a bit about the last few weeks and how that dressing room has disintegrated,” he added.

“They are waiting on Mauricio Pochettino not being successful at another club. If he did win the Champions League, Paris St-Germain would not let him go.

“He is the only name I have really thought suited Manchester United.”

‘Solskjaer never felt like the right fit’

Solskjaer, 48, replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December 2018.

He was then given the job full-time in March 2019, becoming United’s fourth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Solskjaer led the club to a runners-up finish in the Premier League last season and also oversaw a 29-game unbeaten run away from home – the longest in English football – before it was ended by Leicester last month.

However, he departs without having won a trophy during his three years in charge.

“Manchester United are the same as everyone else now,” said former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports. “They are in the rat race. They need to win games.

“I don’t think anyone has a…

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