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Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of the best to ever play football, but even he can’t always keep a manager in his job.

Ronaldo stunned the sports world when he made a successful comeback to Manchester United over the summer.

Ronaldo’s return has netted goals but United’s recent results have been horrific
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The legendary Portuguese has scored nine goals in 13 appearances for United this season and has been vital for the club, especially in Europe.

But United have been poor overall this quarter and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price this weekend as he was shown the door.

Solskjaer has become the latest manager to be sacked for a team with Ronaldo.

CR7, of course, only had one boss on his first stint at Old Trafford, his mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, but he will now have to adjust to Michael Carrick’s goalie position before a new boss is appointed.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer was sacked after embarrassing loss to Watford
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While United’s troubles can never be blamed on one man – especially when it comes to top scorer Ronaldo – his return to the club has certainly divided opinions.

And, unless he goes under Ferguson, Ronaldo has since had a plethora of managers coming and going during his distinguished career.

Manuel Pellegrini (Real Madrid)

Pellegrini arrived at Real on the same summer as Ronaldo’s record-breaking transfer from United to Spain.

The Chilean handled 48 games for Los Blancos between June 2009 and May 2010 before being eliminated.

He said: “I had no voice and no vote in Madrid. They sign the best players, but not the best players needed for a certain position. There’s no point in having an orchestra with the 10 best guitarists if I don’t have a pianist.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Pellegrini didn’t even last a year, despite Ronaldo
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José Mourinho (Real Madrid)

The Special One replaced Pellegrini and won the La Liga title in 2011/12 as well as a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana.

But he split from Real by mutual consent in June 2013 after failing to deliver more silverware.

He managed a total of 178 games for the Galacticos, the most of any manager since Vicente del Bosque and the third-highest in club history.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Mourinho and Ronaldo clinched La Liga glory together
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Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid)

Ancelotti spent two years at Real and claimed Champions League glory in 2014, but was sacked the following year.

“What did Ancelotti do wrong?” I don’t know, ”Perez said. “The demands here at Real Madrid are very high.”

Ahead of Ancelotti’s exit, Ronaldo said: “A great coach and an amazing person. I hope we will work together next season.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ancelotti joined Real Madrid this summer after leaving Everton
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Rafa Benítez (Real Madrid)

Benitez only lasted 25 games at Real before being dumped by the club.

He lost just three times during his short tenure, but a 4-0 loss to fierce rivals Barcelona in the November Clasico saw his Bernabeu time cut short.

Reports of a breakup with star striker Ronaldo certainly didn’t help Benitez either.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ronaldo couldn’t prevent ex-Liverpool boss Benitez from being canned
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Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)

Allegri led Juve to five consecutive Serie A titles in his first stint at the club, but left at the end of Ronaldo’s first year in Italy.

Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals by Ajax and that effectively saw Allegri leave.

His exit was reciprocal and he has since returned to the club.

Maurizio Sarri (Juventus)

Former Chelsea boss Sarri helped Juventus win a ninth straight Serie A title, but an early Champions League elimination saw him last only a year at the helm.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ronaldo and Sarri don’t seem to agree
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Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Much like Sarri, Pirlo has only had 52 games at the helm of Juve.

He was sacked after missing the Italian Premier League title for the first time in 10 years.

Liverpool hero Rafael Benitez, Andrea Pirlo and Jose Mourinho – managers sacked despite Cristiano Ronaldo as Man United superstar unable to save Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Pirlo found that being an all-time great doesn’t automatically give you the best skills as a coach.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)

The latest boss to be sacked while managing Ronaldo is of course Solskjaer.

United’s compressive defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City brought the Norwegian to the brink and their terrible loss at Watford sealed his fate.

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