Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man Utd manager: Highs and lows of 12-month reign

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will celebrate a year in the Manchester United hotseat on Saturday – and the past 12 months have certainly been a rollercoaster for Red Devils fans.

When football ground to a halt a fortnight ago as the coronavirus pandemic swept across Europe, Solskjaer's United were unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions.

It looked as though the 1999 treble hero had finally turned things around – and United fans will hope he can keep the momentum going when football re-emerges from its current limbo.

But things haven't always looked so promising during Solskjaer's reign. United's form dropped off a cliff edge after the Norwegian was handed the job on a permanent basis, after impressing as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018.

The Red Devils failed to qualify for this season's Champions League, and despite a promising transfer window during which United signed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, they then endured their worst start to a league season for 30 years.

However, Solskjaer has stuck to what he believes in, and it looks as though executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's faith in the former United striker is finally starting to reap rewards.

Here, Mirror Sport 's David McDonnell looks at some of the highs and lows of Solskjaer's year-long reign so far.

THREE HIGHS

Man Utd 2 Spurs 1, Dec 4, 2019

Former United boss Jose Mourinho was subjected to a chastening return to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won, courtesy of a double from striker Marcus Rashford. The victory provided further evidence of Solskjaer’s ability to deliver results in big games.

Man City 1 Man Utd 2, Dec 7, 2019

Three days after the Spurs win, Solskjaer masterminded a superb away victory over their local rivals. United blitzed City with two first-half goals to set up a memorable triumph, then sealed a first league double for a decade over the Blues with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in March.

Chelsea 0 Man Utd 2, Feb 17, 2020

After winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season, United followed up that victory with a first Premier League victory at Chelsea since 2012, to make up further ground on Frank Lampard’s side in the race for a Champions League place.

THREE LOWS

Everton 4 Man Utd 0, April 21, 2019

Three weeks after being given the United job full time, Solskjaer slumped to his heaviest loss. United were abject, with Solskjaer later pinpointing it as the moment he knew he had to get rid of a core of under-performing players.

Man Utd 0 Cardiff 2, May 12, 2019

With a Champions League spot already gone, there was nothing riding on the game for United. But a home defeat to already relegated Cardiff was a humiliation all the same and reinforced Solskjaer’s belief that major changes were required to the squad over the summer.

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