Solskjaer's final hours at the wheel as Manchester United manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final hours at the wheel as Manchester United manager: Apologising to fans, players in tears and virtual crisis meetings

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a eventful end to his spell as Manchester United boss
  • Solskjaer apologised to supporters following the 4-1 defeat away to Watford 
  • Some players were in tears as Solskjaer admitted he was unsure over his future
  • There were a series of virtual crisis meetings held between the United hierarchy
  • Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof were among those to personally thank him 

After much speculation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spell as manager of Manchester United came to an end on Sunday.

United’s 4-1 defeat away to Watford proved to be the death knell for Solskjaer’s tenure at the club.

Sportsmail reveals how events unfolded in the build-up to Solskjaer’s departure.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had an eventful end to his tenure as Manchester United manager


4.56PM: Final whistle at Vicarage Road and Solskjaer goes over to the United fans to apologise for the defeat. He’s met by boos and responds by waving goodbye. Bruno Fernandes urges supporters to blame the players instead.

5.05PM: Solskjaer addresses his team in the dressing room and admits he is unsure if it’s his final game. Some players are said to be in tears. David de Gea brands United’s performance ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘nightmare’. ‘We don’t know what to do with the ball,’ he adds.

Some players were in tears as Solskjaer told them he wasn’t sure if it was his final game 

United co-chairman Joel (L) and Avram Glazer (R) were involved in virtual crisis meetings

6.30PM: A series of virtual crisis meetings are convened between co-chairmen, Joel and Avram Glazer, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his successor Richard Arnold. The United hierarchy reluctantly reach a unanimous decision to sack Solskjaer with a £7.5million pay-off, and begin the search for their sixth manager in eight and a half years.

7.45PM: Solskjaer leaves Manchester Airport en route to his Cheshire home after United fly back from the game.


9.00AM: Solskjaer arrives at the training ground closely followed by Woodward who informs him in a meeting that his three-year reign is over. Woodward is said to be visibly upset.

10.00AM: Solskjaer gathers the players together before a warm-down session and informs them that he is no longer in charge.

10.33AM: United issue an official statement confirming that the Norwegian ‘has left his role as manager’ and stating ‘his place in the club’s history will always be secure’.

Nemanja Matic was among the players to thank Solskjaer for the work that he has done

Defender Victor Lindelof also expressed his gratitude to Solskjaer for his time as United boss

10.45AM: Solskjaer heads to the canteen for his last meal at the training ground. Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic are among the players who thank him personally for the work he has done.

1.55PM: After spending time clearing his desk, speaking to staff and giving an exit interview to MUTV, Solskjaer leaves Carrington for the last time, waving to fans and stopping to pose for selfies with some.

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