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Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Manchester United boss has finally come to an end following the Red Devils’ 4-1 loss to Watford.

The past two months have been tough for the Norwegian, including overseeing a humiliating 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The player-turned-manager has won 91 of his 168 games leading the Red Devils in five different competitions
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But the three years Solskjaer was in charge were by no means pessimistic.

For every dismal defeat, there have been glorious victories and magnificent moments.

He may bow with his head down, but on several occasions he has been able to hold his head high as the manager of his beloved club, which he helped to finish second in 2020/21, ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea.

So what were the United legend’s best moments as a manager? talkSPORT takes a look …

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Solskjaer tearfully said goodbye to Man United
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6. Finally pass a semi-final

During Solskjaer’s tenure, which began in 2018, his team lost four semi-finals.

The Red Devils boss has come under fire after frustrating defeats in cup competition, including losses to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in the past four years.

So when the United manager finally managed to guide his side to the final of a cup competition, it emerged as one of the former United striker’s best moments.

The Red Devils finally reached a Europa League final by beating Roma last season, sending the Serie A side 8-5 on aggregate.

Ole’s side lost the final, however, narrowly failing to win a coveted trophy on penalties, but Solskjaer’s victory over Roma at least gave fans hope he could bring titles. in Manchester.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Making the 2021 Europa League final was the closest for Ole to winning a trophy for United as manager
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5. Undefeated Home Leak

Although Solskjaer did not bring any trophies to Old Trafford, the 48-year-old set records during his tenure.

Most notable of these was the unbeaten league run away from his squad between February 2020 and October 2021.

Mason Greenwood’s last-minute winner against Wolves saw the Red Devils break the record for the longest undefeated away run in the Premier League.

There was of course a considerable gap in matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but playing 29 games without losing on the road in the league will remain one of Solskjaer’s best moments as boss.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Greenwood broke the deadlock and new Premier League record at Molineux in the 80th minute
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4. Signature of Bruno Fernandes

Winner of four United Player of the Month and Player of the Year awards in his first season at the club, the signing of Bruno Fernandes in 2020 has proven to be one of the most positive moments for the Norwegian manager.

When the Portugal international arrived at Old Trafford, United had had their worst start in the top flight in 30 years.

In search of fast and attacking football, Solskjaer has signed Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £ 47million. He was worth every penny.

In his first full season for the club, Fernandes scored 28 goals in 58 appearances and made 17 assists, reigniting United’s scoring abilities – and not just from the penalty spot.

Fernandes has struggled to find consistency this season, but overall his five-and-a-half-year contract, secured by Solskjaer, turned out to be a stellar deal.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Fernandes may not be in good shape, but he has been an exceptional signing
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3. A brace in the Manchester derby

As a manager, there aren’t many better times than earning derby bragging rights.

Thus, Solskjaer will surely remember his brace against Manchester City in 2019/20 as one of his fondest memories as United manager.

Although the Norwegian team lost to their opponents in the Carabao Cup that season, in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t get past Ole’s men.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial helped United win 2-1 at the Etihad in Manchester’s first derby of the season and, in the second leg at Old Trafford, Martial and Scott McTominay struck to seal a 2-0 triumph.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Guardiola will be happy to see Solskjaer’s back
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2. Welcome to Ronaldo House

The return of club legend and world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was incredible.

The 36-year-old forward had played with Ole during his previous stint at the club, so a return to Old Trafford playing under his former teammate seemed written in the stars.

United fans would certainly point out that this is one of the best transfers Ole has made during his time, if only for the nostalgia factor.

Ole’s signing has saved United’s skin on several occasions since his return, including saving a point in the dying embers of their Champions League game against Atalanta.

And while Ole won’t be able to oversee the rest of Ronaldo’s second stint at the club, he can watch from afar knowing that the Portuguese’s return was overseen during his tenure as boss.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
When news broke that Ole had been sacked, Ronaldo took to Instagram to say “Ole is an exceptional human being. I wish him the best in everything his life has in store for him.”
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1. European victory in Paris

The night the Red Devils beat the Parisians in the Champions League ended the undefeated Ligue 1 circuit and marked a big moment for goalkeeper Ole and his team.

It made hearts beat faster, the impulses are picking up and United fans have fallen in love with the team again.

The Manchester side were exhausted from injuries and faced a tough side, with PSG star players Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria in opposition.

The unexpected victory, which put them in the quarter-finals, was an incredible moment for Solskjaer and above all proved his ability to move the club forward in the eyes of fans and club legends.

Bringing Cristiano Ronaldo home, shocking Pep Guardiola with derby brace and Bruno Fernandes deal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s best moments as Manchester United manager
Rashford scored an unwavering penalty in added time as Manchester United made an incredible comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on away goals
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