Manchester United have parted company with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after a loss too far in their Europa League final at a sun-kissed St. Petersburg.
Former Old Trafford hero Solskjaer, 44, was appointed in December on a deal until the end of the season. He said on social media that the job was done, but despite wining the league in his two months at the helm, he has now gone.
“It is with great regret that the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have agreed to terminate his contract early due to a difference of opinion on the next steps for the club moving forward,” Manchester United said.
A big thank you to everyone who has been involved with Manchester United this season! Everything has been fantastic and to have had the chance to play under all of the guys who work at the club, like Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Martin Keown, Brian McClair, David Beckham, a gaggle of other legends and some great fans has been incredible! My memories here are going to last forever! …until next time when I’ll certainly see some familiar faces and hopefully give you all a hardy to go on about in the summer… More pics from the final: https://t.co/hBdPcpC1er
– OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER | Manchester United 🔴⚪️ (@og_sv7) May 26, 2011
Earlier this month, a crowd of 73,937 packed St. Petersburg’s Luzhniki Stadium to watch Man Utd finish their campaign as Europa League champions. Although United had already qualified for next season’s Champions League as group winners, that had not stopped the announcement of Solskjaer taking over on an interim basis from December 10.
He was widely praised for the impact he made after predecessor Jose Mourinho’s sacking.