Manchester United

Manchester United have spent more on sacking four managers than signing Raphael Varane

By Amreen
Solskjaer was sacked by Man United on Sunday
Solskjaer was sacked by Man United on Sunday / Charlie Crowhurst/GettyImages

Manchester United have spent an incredible amount on managerial sackings since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Ferguson was United's most successful manager, winning 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues titles, and five FA Cups. However, since his exit, the Red Devils have not been able to hang on to a manager for too long.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the fourth manager to be let go by the club since Ferguson left. The Norwegian was sacked following the weekend's 4-1 defeat to Watford - United's fifth loss in their opening 12 Premier League games.

Solskjaer was handed a new three-year contract in the summer and will receive a £7.5m payout. According to the Daily Star, who quote the Sun, the terms of the contract stated that he would be paid just one year's salary if he were let go before the end of his contract.

The report goes on to claim that the Red Devils have spent £38m in compensation on four managers since 2013. David Moyes was handed a six-year contract following Ferguson's retirement, but failed to last even one full season, and walked away with £7m.

Louis Van Gaal was sacked just a day after guiding United to the FA Cup in the 2015/16 season and got a cool £8.4m for his time at the club. Jose Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, and left with an exorbitant £15m compensation fee.

Former United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville pointed the finger at the board following the money spent on managerial sackings. “This is the third time in the last eight years that a manager has been given a long contract or an extension and been sacked,” said Neville.

“I’ve had enough, to be honest. The club is run on a business side okay but on the football side it leaves a lot to be desired. They’ve been caught out over the last few weeks. They’ve been indecisive. I think getting to the end of the season was the right plan but yesterday it was quite clear those players weren’t responding to the manager.

“I don’t think the players disliked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”