Manchester United fans may wince at part of the club’s new Q3 financial figures, which include the eye-watering sums paid to compensate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and other dismissed staff last season. Major change has unfolded at Old Trafford over the past 12 months with Erik ten Hag now at the helm, which the Red Devils hierarchy hope will be for the long run.
Solskjaer’s three-year tenure as United manager came to an end last November after a dismal 4-1 defeat at Watford. Pressure had been ramping up on the Norwegian, who scored well over 100 goals for the Red Devils as a player, since a 5-0 home defeat against bitter rivals Liverpool the month prior.
Michael Carrick took temporary charge before Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis. The initial arrangement was for the Austrian to manage the side until the end of 2021/22 before stepping into an advisory role, but after United spluttered to sixth-place finish, United instead opted to cut ties altogether.
The chaotic ordeals mean that the club forked out an eye-watering £24.7million just on compensation for Solskjaer, Rangnick and other members of staff last term.
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