Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs fans were left gutted by Manchester United’s decision to finally pull the trigger on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tumultuous tenure after the latest tragedy for the Red Devils.
Solskjaer’s side were once again a victim of another annihilation but this time at the hands of relegation threatened Watford who hit four past the hapless visitors.
That loss for the red side of Manchester meant that alongside the dreadful point accumulation that has already ruled United out of a potential title challenge in November, last season’s Europa League finalists have now conceded 11 goals in the last four Premier League games.
To put this in context, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea juggernaut have only conceded four goals to date, following the conclusion of their game week 12 win away to Leicester City.
The same opponent that like the Hertfordshire based club, hit Solskjaer and co. for four whilst the European Champions didn’t conceded a single goal in their 3-0 win over the Foxes.
Furthermore, this has all resulted in the worst case scenario coming to the thaw if you are a rival fan of arguably the biggest club in England based on titles won.
A club statement released by Man Utd on Sunday morning read: ‘Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager.
‘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.’
With all of this in mind, here is the best of the reaction from supporters of the aforementioned London trio who are becoming numb to the fact that last season’s second placed team may now go on a mad run as a result of this decision that should have happened a long time ago in reality.
@CFC_Raf like many others were left heartbroken: ‘End of an Era. Can’t believe the fans treated their club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer like this [followed by heartbroken and thumbs down emojis].
@CFC_Karl collectively wrote: ‘From every single rival fan, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer you will be missed.’
@Ashby94CFC controversially put: ‘I actually beg Man United get Zidane when they sack Solskjaer just so he gets exposed for how much of a journeyman fraud he was who just inherited a Madrid side where all their players were at their peak.’
@HarrisCharles5 like many others is worried about the typical manager bounce that could start next Sunday at Stamford Bridge: ‘Solskjaer nailed on to be sacked, because we play United next! I swear it happens to us at least once a season!’
@afc4life_uk sympathetically delivered his opinion: ‘You can’t help feel that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been shafted.
‘He led United to 2nd last season, so he’s clearly not as clueless as everyone makes out.
‘He’s been given CR7 and JS who he didn’t want, and had to shoehorn them into the team – leaving his previous tactics behind.’
@SamW_AFC tweeted: ‘Solskjaer sacked just before we play them, for god sake.’
@Calidreamin213 concluded: ‘Arteta is better than Lampard and Solskjaer.’
@THFCAntonio joked: ‘Ole Gonner Solskjaer.’
@MattyEllis put: ‘That #ElSackico result for Spurs is looking better and better by the week!’
@StevenageSpurs is grateful that his club were able to get Antonio Conte but warned: ‘Conte
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‘Let’s hope Levy has learned the Arnesen lessons of not assuming your football staff won’t leave mid season, and supporting them in the transfer market if you wish to ensure they stay.’
Finally, @spurs_upnorth thanked the manager in question for what he did: ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I’d like to go on record and thank you for doing us at The Lane, bet even you couldn’t have seen the implications of that masterclass performance. Forever in our thoughts. I thought they acted a bit prematurely TBF, but I guess that’s football.’
As per the Manchester Evening News (MEN), it is understood that Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick will takeover as an interim duo whilst the process of hiring the fifth manager post the Sir Alex Ferguson era gets underway.
It’s still unclear who will be in charge for United’s upcoming games against Chelsea and Arsenal on November 28 and December 2 respectively but the latest club statement indicates that the latter of the two mentioned above is set to be at the helm for the short-term.