Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The alarming mini slump in form the Norwegian has experienced since being appointed permanent Manchester United boss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had an incredible start when took over as Manchester United interim boss – winning his first eight matches in charge and breaking various records along the way.
However, the reality of the squad he has inherited has started to bite since the thrilling 3-1 win over Paris Saint Germain that sparked him being given the job on a permanent basis.
While two of the five defeats that have followed since have come against Barcelona, Solskjaer clearly has a big rebuilding job ahead of him, and admitted as much after Tuesday night’s resounding 3-0 loss at the Nou Camp.
Below, talkSPORT.com looks at the tough run of results since the unexpected Paris triumph.
Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0, Premier League, March 10
Solskjaer suffered his first defeat in the Premier League, with David De Gea at fault for Granit Xhaka’s opening goal.
Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, FA Cup, March 16
United were well below-par as they missed the opportunity to reach the semi-final of the competition.
Marcus Rashford’s late consolation goal was barely deserved and afterwards Solskjaer called it the ‘poorest performance’ during his spell in charge.
Manchester United 2 Watford 1, Premier League, March 30
Solskjaer was made to sweat for his first win as permanent manager as sluggish United rode their luck and we outplayed for large parts of the match by the Hornets.
Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, Premier League, April 2
United took an early lead through Scott McTominay’s strike and played well until Diogo Jota’s 25th-minute equaliser.
Solskjaer’s team still threatened after Ashley Young’s 57th-minute red card, but slipped to a second defeat at Molineux in the space of 17 days.
Manchester United 0 Barcelona 1, Champions League, April 10
Barcelona were not at their best but were still good enough to beat United at Old Trafford.
Luke Shaw’s own goal proved the difference but Solskjaer’s side did not even manage a shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.
Manchester United 2 West Ham 1, Premier League, April 13
Solskjaer’s stuttering side managed a fortuitous win courtesy of Paul Pogba’s brace of penalties.
The decisive spot-kick 10 minutes from time came against the run of play as the Hammers dominated and looked the most likely to win the match.
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Barcelona 3 United 0, Champions League, April 16
United were unable to reproduce another improbable comeback like the one in Paris, despite starting the game well.
However, a quick first-half double from Lionel Messi killed the tie and Solskjaer’s side were outclassed.
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