Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired as Man United manager

Manchester United have fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one day after the club suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Solskjaer has overseen a disappointing start to the season, with the club sitting in seventh place in the Premier League.

The club has lost four of their past five league matches, including a 5-0 home loss against Liverpool.

United have confirmed Solskjaer's assistant Michael Carrick will be placed in temporary charge, with the club also revealing their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino is the club's first choice as Solskjaer's permanent replacement, with the former Tottenham manager potentially becoming more attainable by the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino

The former United striker took over as an interim boss in 2018 and was subsequently given a permanent contract, but his position has been under scrutiny for several weeks.

"Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision," the club said in a statement.

"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."

Despite that early promise, however, Solskjaer was never able to lead the team to further success and he leaves having failed to win a trophy in his three years at the club.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored increasing calls to relieve Solskjaer of his duties in the wake of a humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool and a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City in early November.

However, his position was discussed by United officials on Saturday evening following the teams defeat at Vicarage Road, before the announcement of his dismissal followed on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is understood to be bidding for Spain head coach Luis Enrique to take over at Old Trafford.

Luis Enrique

Enrique, who won the treble with Barcelona in 2015, is expected to be one of several candidates placed under consideration to replace Solskajer.

With United looking to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season before finding a permanent manager in the summer, the club's and Enrique's timeframes would need to align.

Spain last week secured qualification for next year's World Cup, and it remains to be seen whether Enrique would leave the role just months before the tournament, which begins in November 2022.