Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s manager on Sunday, ending a three-year trophyless stint which saw the Norwegian losing four semi-finals and a final.
A 1-4 humiliating defeat against relegation-threatened Watford at the Vicarage Road on Saturday, the latest in a string of losses, was the final straw.
The loss left the Old Trafford side seventh on the league log, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. They are also facing a threat of non-qualification for the Champions League next season.
Before Sunday’s sack, United under Solskjaer had failed to win a trophy, their last being the Europa League they clinched during Jose Mourinho’s reign.
But the former Molde manager did get some near misses during his time with the 1999 European champions.
Here are four times Manchester United lost semi-final encounters under Solskjaer:
2020/21: Man Utd 0-2 Man City (Carabao Cup)
With the COVID-19 pandemic halting sports globally, the Carabao Cup semi-final was a single-legged affair.
But Manchester United, in their fourth semi-final encounter under the Norwegian coach, crumbled 0-2 in the hands of neighbours Manchester City.
Brazil’s Fernandinho was on song during the game, wrapping up a match that also saw John Stones getting on the scorer’s sheet.
2019/20: Sevilla 2-1 Man Utd (Europa League)
After taking a first-half advantage via a Bruno Fernandes goal. However, they were pegged back just before the break. United missed several chances before Luuk De Jong punished them with a winner with 12 minutes to go. It’s the team’s third semi-final defeat under Solskjaer.
2019/20: Chelsea 3-1 Man Utd (FA Cup)
The second semi-final defeat for United since the arrival of the club legend ended their 19-match unbeaten streak. It was also the third time in four terms that Chelsea had eliminated the Red Devils from the competition.
2019/20: Man Utd 1-3 Man City; Man City 0-1 Man Utd (agg 2-3) – Carabao Cup
In a classic display for Pep Guardiola’s men, Manchester United blew away Solskjaer’s boys, taking a massive 3-0 lead under 30 minutes.
English striker Marcus Rashford got a consolation goal for United in the second half in the first leg encounter.
In the second leg encounter, Manchester United won 3-2 but that was inadequate to see them through to the final.
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