Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by Manchester United within the wake of their 4-1 loss to Watford on Saturday.
Solskjaer, who returned to the membership as caretaker supervisor in December 2018 earlier than being appointed on a everlasting foundation in March 2019, departs with the membership seventh within the Premier League having solely gained three of their final 11 video games in all competitions.
The 48-year-old has paid the value for failing to show Manchester United into real title challengers however how does his file examine to the managers who got here earlier than him?
Saturday’s defeat to Watford was Solskjaer’s 168th recreation in command of the membership. In whole, he gained 91 of them, drawing 37 and shedding 40.
Of Manchester United’s 4 everlasting managers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure from the membership, together with David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in addition to Solskjaer, the Norwegian’s general win charge of 54 per cent places him second.
Mourinho’s win charge is the very best of the 4 at 58 per cent, whereas Moyes and Van Gaal path on 53 per cent and 52 per cent respectively.
Manchester United’s latest derby defeat to Metropolis, after they have been comprehensively outplayed by Pep Guardiola’s workforce solely a few weeks after a 5-0 humbling by Liverpool, underlined the gulf between Solskjaer’s aspect and the groups competing for the title.
General, Solskjaer’s file in opposition to the normal big-six – Manchester Metropolis, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – is blended, with 14 wins, 10 attracts and 12 losses.
His win charge of 39 per cent in these video games is greater than Mourinho’s and significantly greater than Moyes’ however it’s decrease than Van Gaal’s. The Dutchman gained 10 of his 23 conferences in opposition to the big-six – giving him a hit charge of 43 per cent.
Solskjaer’s win percentages put him on the same degree to his predecessors however therein lay the issue for him.
He was initially appointed on an interim foundation with a view to present short-term enchancment, which he did within the second half of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, however the remit modified when he took the job completely.
From there, the problem was to show Manchester United again into Premier League title challengers however the defeats to Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool confirmed they continue to be a good distance off their rivals.
Certainly, a big-six mini-league of head-to-head conferences since Solskjaer’s appointment places Manchester United 18 factors behind Metropolis and 23 behind Liverpool.
That, in fact, is regardless of heavy funding within the squad. This summer season, Manchester United introduced in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane at appreciable expense.
The concept was to show the aspect into title challengers however as a substitute they discover themselves 12 factors off the summit. Performances have largely been even worse than their standing suggests.
Their newest spherical of spending pushed their internet spend beneath Solskjaer to £312m – £33m greater than every other Premier League aspect and £196m greater than Metropolis and Liverpool’s mixed.
Manchester United have lengthy been lavish spenders within the switch market however they’ve now invested extra beneath Solskjaer (£441m) than they did beneath Mourinho (£430.8m) or Van Gaal (£309.2m).
Expectations have risen accordingly and Solskjaer was unable to satisfy them. He saved the aspect at roughly the identical degree of his predecessors however extra was required. Manchester United will now pin their hopes on a brand new supervisor to revive their former glories.