FACTBOX-Soccer-Highs and lows of Solskjaer's Manchester United reign
Dec. 22, 2018 Guided United to a 5-1 win over his former club Cardiff City in his first match in charge, marking the first time the team had scored five or more goals in a Premier League match since May 2013.
Manchester United sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/manchester-united-sack-manager-solskjaer-2021-11-21 on Sunday, a day after a fifth defeat in seven Premier League games left the Old Trafford club seventh in the standings. Following is a factbox on the highs and lows of the Norwegian's time at the club:
HIGHS: Dec. 19, 2018
Appointed United's caretaker manager to replace Jose Mourinho for the rest of the season, marking a return to the club where he won six league titles and the Champions League as a player. Dec. 22, 2018
Guided United to a 5-1 win over his former club Cardiff City in his first match in charge, marking the first time the team had scored five or more goals in a Premier League match since May 2013. Jan. 13, 2019
Became the first United manager to win his first five league games in charge since Matt Busby in 1946. Feb. 9, 2019
Picked up 25 points in the Premier League after taking over in December (W8 D1), more than any other manager had managed in his first nine games in charge of a single club in the competition. Feb. 28, 2019
Led them to a 3–1 league win at Crystal Palace, setting a club record of eight consecutive away victories in all competitions. March 6, 2019
Guided United to become the first team in the history of the European Cup to progress after losing the first leg at home by two goals or more, beating Paris Saint Germain 3-1 in the last-16 second leg after suffering a 2-0 loss in the first. March 28, 2019
Rewarded with a three-year permanent contract after guiding the team to 14 wins in 19 matches in all competitions. July 26, 2020
United scored a record-equalling nine goals in a 9-0 win over Southampton -- only the third time such a feat had been achieved in the Premier League. May 9, 2021
United finished second in the league. July, 2021
Spent a total of 140 million euros ($158.03 million) to bring in Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window in a bid to revive the club's fortunes and challenge for the title. LOWS:
Aug. 17, 2020 Suffered a semi-final loss to Sevilla in the Europa League, the club's third last-four exit in a competition that season after they were knocked at the same stage in the League Cup and FA Cup.
Oct. 24, 2021 Thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool, the club's worst result against their Merseyside arch-rivals since 1925.
Solskjaer described it as his "darkest day" as United manager. Nov. 6, 2021
United lost 4-1 at Watford who were hovering just above the relegation zone, their fifth defeat in seven games. Solskjaer was sacked less than 24 hours later. ($1 = 0.7433 pounds)($1 = 0.8859 euros) (Compiled by Manasi Pathak and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Editing by Ed Osmond)
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