Ole out A humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday was the final straw for the club's owners, the Glazer family, with Solskjaer out amid a wretched run of five defeats in seven Premier League games. - Dawson: The inside story on Solskjaer's exit A club statement read on Sunday: "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." The club confirmed that former player Michael Carrick, who was part of Solskjaer's coaching staff, will take charge as caretaker. The club also confirmed their intention to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season. The manner of the performance at Vicarage Road warranted fresh discussions between the club's owners and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward on Saturday night. Chief negotiator Matt Judge was also involved in the talks, which focused on compensation costs for the manager as well as which of his staff would stay on at Old Trafford in the event of his dismissal. Solskjaer had signed a new contract at United in July 2021 that ran until 2024, with an option for a further year.