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Solskjaer fights back the tears as he bids an emotional goodbye to Man Utd

Sunday, 21 November 2021


 

After being appointed as caretaker manager in December 2018, Solskjaer had the difficult task of rebuilding the club’s fortunes after years of disappointment under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

 

In his first two full seasons in charge, the Norwegian helped the club finish third and second and in doing so became the first manager since Sir Alex Ferguson to finish in the Champions League in back-to-back seasons.

 

On the back of last season’s second placed finish and with the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, many had expected Solskjaer’s men to push on and challenge for their first league title since 2013.

 

 

That however did not prove to be the case and alongside being thrashed by Watford, the Red Devils suffered humiliating defeats to arch rivals Liverpool and Man City.

 

The Norwegian could not inspire his players this season which has ultimately cost him his job

 

The Norwegian could not inspire his players this season which has ultimately cost him his job

The now former Man United boss gave a candid interview in which he wanted to say goodbye to the fans and give a big thanks to the players, the staff and everyone at the club.

 

“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here,” Solskjaer said.

 

“For the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff. I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth.

 

“It’s been a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you’ve got to stick with them. They [the fans] have been amazing with me since one of my first kicks of the ball, I scored with one of the first ones, until now.

 

“I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere I’m going to watch football games, that’s at Old Trafford.”

 

The ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ said he hopes to be back at Old Trafford one day

 

The ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ said he hopes to be back at Old Trafford one day.

 

As the interview progressed Ole continued to thank the effort from his staff especially this season when the club were being scrutinised for many of their performances.

 

There will be no time for the players and coaches to dwell on the news though as Michael Carrick, Solskjaer’s former no.2 will have to prepare for a crucial match in the Champions League against Villarreal.

 

“As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this,” Solskjaer added.

 

“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage.

 

“If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael [Carrick] is going to be in charge. Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], I love Michael to bits.

 

“I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”

 Credit: talkSPORT

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