Manchester United have today confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no longer the manager. Following the embarrassing 4-1 defeat against a poor Watford side on Saturday, on the back of humiliating defeats against rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, his position at the club became untenable.

The club statement confirmed that Michael Carrick will take charge of managerial duties for the games ahead until an interim manager is named.

Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.

Rumours suggest that Zinedine Zidane is the most popular choice among the board to replace Solskjaer until the end of the season. The Frenchman has been out of management since leaving Real Madrid for a second time last May.