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Solskjaer’s mini-slump since becoming permanent Manchester United boss

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Manchester 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 caretaker boss.

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

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

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the tough run of results since the unexpected Paris triumph.

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.

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, FA Cup, March 16

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates the FA Cup victory over Manchester United
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates the FA Cup victory over Manchester United (Chris Radburn/PA)

Manchester United 2 Watford 1, Premier League, March 30

Anthony Martial, centre, scored against Watford
Anthony Martial, centre, scored against Watford (Martin Rickett/PA)

Wolves 2 Manchester United 1, Premier League, April 2

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Mike Dean sends off Manchester United’s Ashley Young
Mike Dean sends off Manchester United’s Ashley Young (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester United 0 Barcelona 1, Champions League, April 10

Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona – UEFA Champions League – Group B – Wembley Stadium
Manchester United were unable to lay a glove on Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp on Tuesday night (Nick Potts/PA)

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

Paul Pogba was on the spot for Manchester United
Paul Pogba was on the spot for Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Barcelona 3 United 0, Champions League, April 16

United were unable to reproduce another improbably comeback like the one in Paris, despite starting well and causing Barcelona problems. However, a quick first-half double from Lionel Messi killed the tie and Solskjaer’s side were outclassed thereafter.

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