Manchester United are planning on having two interim managers to see them through until the end of the season after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday morning
Jamie Carragher has slammed Manchester United following the sacking of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Liverpool legend has described the final months of the Norwegian’s reign as “shambolic” and believes the club is riddled with “breathtaking incompetence”.
United parted company with Solskjaer on Sunday following the team’s 4-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road less than 24 hours earlier.
The Red Devils have won just one of their last seven Premier League games, suffering embarrassing defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
United are currently eighth in the table and Carragher has questioned their plan to appoint two interim managers to see them through until the end of the season.
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Michael Carrick – who’s been dubbed the “interim interim manager” by some – will take charge until another interim manager is found.
Writing in The Telegraph, Carragher claimed: “There is only one word to sum up Manchester United’s handling of the final months of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign: shambolic…
“There is a breathtaking incompetence in the fact a club of such stature announced it is prepared to appoint two interim managers in the hope circumstances eventually go their way and they will get their No 1 target – presumably Mauricio Pochettino.
“We are still less than a third of the way through a Premier League campaign and Manchester United are indicating they want to see it through with two caretakers? That is astonishing.”
United have been criticised since the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 for their lack of planning.
While Manchester City and Liverpool have had a clear strategy when it comes to managers and player recruitment, the Red Devils have adopted a scattergun approach.
Ferguson’s successor David Moyes was dismissed after just nine months in charge, while Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho didn’t fit the “culture” of the club – despite winning trophies.
United’s squad is also blessed with countless attacking talents, yet they don’t have a world-class holding midfielder and their defence lacks pace.
And Solskjaer attempted to implement a high-pressing style of play at Old Trafford, but that plan was derailed by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on deadline day.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes the return of Ronaldo cost the Norwegian his Job.
“I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He had a plan at the start of the season, having finished second last season. He’s chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in, and he’s given Edinson Cavani another year.
“You could see his plan: you play Cavani every other game, you have Sancho on one side, Marcus Rashford on the other, you have Mason Greenwood coming in and swapping around, you have pace, power, energy, youth, skill, the lot.
“Then, just before the season starts, he gets given Ronaldo. I think he’s thrown it all out of the window. From day one, they’re not a better team with Ronaldo in it.”