It’s finally happened.
About a month too late, but still, it’s finally happened – Manchester United have confirmed that they have sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils were thrashed 4-1 by Watford on Saturday in what proved to be the final straw (rather than the humiliating and humbling losses at home to Liverpool and Man City).
United confirmed in a statement that Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of the first team while the club looks to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
Which seems a bit odd considering the level of star talent they have in their squad and that they are effectively on the hunt for an interim boss to succeed the caretaker.
Solskjaer – a club legend, let’s not forget – was booed by sections of United’s away following at Vicarage Road. He also oversaw one of the happiest periods of the club’s recent history, particularly in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, and that may be appreciated a bit more now that he’s gone.
While some United fans are heartbroken that they’ve had to treat Solskjaer the way George treated Lennie in Of Mice and Men, spare a thought for the supporters of other Premier League sides who are can no longer ironically sing ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ anymore.
The final goal of Solskjaer’s reign (well, for United anyway) was scored by Donny van de Beek – who the Norwegian kept on the periphery of the squad for some reason despite his obvious quality.
A chapter in the fabled history of Manchester United Football Club has come to an end.
Here’s to the next one…