The Sun reported in March that Manchester United would never consider appointing former player Solskjaer as their manager because they felt the former Norwegian international was so good at what he did that it would be tantamount to wasting his talents.
But while Solskjaer may have been a good fit for the Scandinavian seaboard nation, he has proven to be a failure as a Manchester United manager.
Since signing on as caretaker in May after Jose Mourinho was fired following a fourth consecutive season out of the Champions League, Solskjaer has only managed to guide United to two wins, one draw and two losses. He won five and drew two of his matches, the two wins coming against relegation-threatened West Ham and Fulham, respectively.
The results have cost him his job. Solskjaer has been relieved of his duties and replaced by caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United announced on Monday night.
“Ole Gunnar has done a fantastic job during his time at Manchester United,” Manchester United said in a statement. “His record speaks for itself and it is the right time for him to move into a new challenge.”
Manchester United’s attacking trio of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford has been something of a disappointment as the team sought a younger generation to fill the shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retired superstars.
Antonio Valencia was the only member of that squad to appear in each of United’s 38 matches in the domestic league this season.
The allocation of points to Manchester City in the second half of the season has resulted in United finishing third, level on points with City, but with a worse goal difference. That result could cost the club the right to play in next season’s Champions League if the FA Cup winners beat Chelsea in the final.