Manchester United have officially confirmed the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.
The Reds were battered 4-1 away at Watford on Saturday afternoon and that served to be the final straw for the Old Trafford board, as United dropped down to seventh in the table with just 17 points after 12 games.
Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge of the club while United look to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
Solskjaer had been under severe pressure since a 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool last month, which was then followed by a 3-0 win over Spurs to seemingly settle the issues.
However United then limped to a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League, were smashed 2-0 by Man City and have now been thrashed by newly promoted Watford.
It makes it five defeats in the last seven league games for United, who were expected to compete for the Premier League title this season after a summer transfer window that saw them sign Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
A statement from the club 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.”
Manchester United travel to Spain to take on Villarreal on Tuesday evening in the Champions League, before a trip to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League next Sunday.