Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: The alarming mini slump in form the Norwegian has experienced since being appointed permanent Manchester United boss

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United’s victory at PSG was a 14th win for Solskjaer in his first 17 games in charge – but he has lost five of the seven matches since

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had an incredible start when took over as Manchester United interim boss – winning his first eight matches in charge and breaking various records along the way.

However, the reality of the squad he has inherited has started to bite since the thrilling 3-1 win over Paris Saint Germain that sparked him being given the job on a permanent basis.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side were sent crashing out of the Champions League by Barcelona

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side were sent crashing out of the Champions League by Barcelona

While two of the five defeats that have followed since have come against Barcelona, Solskjaer clearly has a big rebuilding job ahead of him, and admitted as much after Tuesday night’s resounding 3-0 loss at the Nou Camp.

Below, talkSPORT.com looks at the tough run of results since the unexpected Paris triumph.

Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty at the Parc des Princes had sent United into the last eight of the competition

Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty at the Parc des Princes had sent United into the last eight of the competition


Arsenal 2 Manchester United 0, Premier League, March 10

Solskjaer suffered his first defeat in the Premier League, with David De Gea at fault for Granit Xhaka’s opening goal.

David de Gea was at fault for Granit Xhaka’s opening goal

David de Gea was at fault for Granit Xhaka’s opening goal

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, FA Cup, March 16

United were well below-par as they missed the opportunity to reach the semi-final of the competition.

Marcus Rashford’s late consolation goal was barely deserved and afterwards Solskjaer called it the ‘poorest performance’ during his spell in charge.

United were side crashing out of the FA Cup by Wolves

United were side crashing out of the FA Cup by Wolves

Manchester United 2 Watford 1, Premier League, March 30

Solskjaer was made to sweat for his first win as permanent manager as sluggish United rode their luck and we outplayed for large parts of the match by the Hornets.

United were out of sorts as they edged past Watford at Old Trafford

United were out of sorts as they edged past Watford at Old Trafford

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, Premier League, April 2

United took an early lead through Scott McTominay’s strike and played well until Diogo Jota’s 25th-minute equaliser.

Solskjaer’s team still threatened after Ashley Young’s 57th-minute red card, but slipped to a second defeat at Molineux in the space of 17 days.

Manchester United stars look dejected after another defeat at Molineux

Manchester United stars look dejected after another defeat at Molineux

Manchester United 0 Barcelona 1, Champions League, April 10

Barcelona were not at their best but were still good enough to beat United at Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw’s own goal proved the difference but Solskjaer’s side did not even manage a shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.

Luke Shaw’s own goal gave Barcelona a first-leg advantage at Old Trafford

Luke Shaw’s own goal gave Barcelona a first-leg advantage at Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 West Ham 1, Premier League, April 13

Solskjaer’s stuttering side managed a fortuitous win courtesy of Paul Pogba’s brace of penalties.

The decisive spot-kick 10 minutes from time came against the run of play as the Hammers dominated and looked the most likely to win the match.

The Norwegian boss celebrates with matchwinner Paul Pogba after his brace of penalties

The Norwegian boss celebrates with matchwinner Paul Pogba after his brace of penalties

Barcelona 3 United 0, Champions League, April 16

United were unable to reproduce another improbable comeback like the one in Paris, despite starting the game well.

However, a quick first-half double from Lionel Messi killed the tie and Solskjaer’s side were outclassed.

Barcelona stars celebrate as they eased past Manchester United in the Champions League

Barcelona stars celebrate as they eased past Manchester United in the Champions League

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