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From Paris to Watford… the highs and lows of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United tenure

From starting with a 5-1 thrashing of Cardiff and that night in Paris, to losing the Europa League final and humiliating defeats this season… the highs and lows of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United tenure

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell as Manchester United manager was hugely eventful 
  • There were great games like the night in Paris, but also some woeful moments 
  • Sportsmail charts the highs and lows of Solskjaer’s time in the United dugout


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell as Manchester United manager came to an end on Sunday off the back of a 4-1 defeat to Watford.

After initially taking over as interim boss in December 2018, Solskjaer was in charge of United for almost three years and oversaw some memorable matches both in a positive and negative sense. 

Here’s a look back at some of the key moments from Solskjaer’s time in the dugout. 

There were some notable highs and lows during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell in charge

Dec 22, 2018: Solskjaer’s reign as interim boss gets off to a flyer with a 5-1 win at Cardiff. United score five in the Premier League for the first time since Fergie’s final match.

Ander Herrera was among the scores as United thrashed Cardiff 5-1 in Solskjaer's first game

Ander Herrera was among the scores as United thrashed Cardiff 5-1 in Solskjaer’s first game

Mar 6, 2019: After 10 wins and two draws in his first 12 Premier League games, Solskjaer’s side complete a Champions League turnaround for the ages at PSG with Rashford’s penalty securing a 3-1 win and progression on away goals.

United secured an incredible turnaround as they beat Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019

United secured an incredible turnaround as they beat Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019

Mar 28: Although that win is followed by a first league defeat, at Arsenal, and an FA Cup exit at Wolves, Solskjaer is appointed full-time manager. 

May 12:  A 2-0 defeat by Cardiff at Old Trafford concludes a limp finish to the season which sees United fail to win any of their last five matches and finish sixth — exactly where they were when Solskjaer took over. 

Mar 8, 2020: With new boy Bruno Fernandes making an instant impact, things are looking up — and Solskjaer masterminds a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the final league game before lockdown with United fifth. 

Scott McTominay was on the scoresheet as United won 2-0 against rivals City in March 2020

Scott McTominay was on the scoresheet as United won 2-0 against rivals City in March 2020

Aug 16: Having finished third in the league, United suffer their third semi-final defeat of the season, losing to Sevilla in the Europa League.

OCT 4: The new season starts worryingly, with a 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham — managed by former boss Mourinho — in the third game of the campaign. 

United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham which caused much concern

United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham which caused much concern

Dec 8: A 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig knocks United out of the Champions League at the group stage. 

Jan 12, 2021: Pogba’s superb volley in a 1-0 win at Burnley takes United top.

Mar 7: A 2-0 win at City with goals from Fernandes and Shaw ends the eventual champions’ 21-match winning run. 

May 26: On the 22nd anniversary of Solskjaer’s Champions League-winning goal, United lose the Europa League final against Villarreal on penalties.

United were left dejected as they were beaten by Villarreal in the Europa League final

United were left dejected as they were beaten by Villarreal in the Europa League final

Sep 19: Lingard’s late strike in a 2-1 victory at West Ham makes it four wins and a draw from the first five games of the season — and extends their English record unbeaten league away run to 29 games. 

Oct 16: Pressure grows as the run ends with a 4-2 defeat at Leicester, coming after a home defeat by Aston Villa and a drab draw at home to Everton.

SATURDAY: After an humiliating 5-0 defeat by Liverpool and 2-0 loss to City, United go down 4-1 at Watford. Ole’s reign is over. 

The capitulation against Watford proved to be the final straw for Solskjaer at United

The capitulation against Watford proved to be the final straw for Solskjaer at United



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