Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opens up on Manchester United sacking


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up about his exit from Manchester United, and insisted that he leaves the club with a better squad than the one he initially received.  

The Norwegian manager was relieved of his duties on Sunday after the Red Devils fell to a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.  

This result meant that the Premier League giants had not only gained just four points out of a possible 21 in their past seven league matches, but also suffered their biggest EPL defeat against a promoted side since September 1989, according to Eurosport 

Scroll through the gallery above to see United in action in Solskjaer's last match as their manager against Watford

With United now in eighth position on the Premier League table and 12 points behind log leaders Chelsea, the club's board decided it was time to let the 48-year-old go.  

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In a farewell interview with the club's official website, during which he struggled to hold back the tears, Solskjaer discussed his three-year tenure with the side.    

"Very, very proud. Of course, it's one of those things you dream of in your life," he said, per 90min.  

"When you've been a player, when you've been a reserve team coach, the next job then, the only dream and the only thing you haven't done is to manage the club, and I have now.  

"It's been a ball, it's been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they're top lads, top people.

"Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they've been such an enjoyable bunch to work with. 

"First of all, I want to thank the board and the owners for giving me the opportunity because it's not for everyone and I've had the opportunity.

"I'm so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.

"Well, as I've said many times in interviews, I've been backed. The board and the owners have backed me in [terms of] bringing good people in, good players in and I think, or I know I leave this club with a better squad. 

"The environment is fantastic, it's an environment I'm proud of leaving because you have to enjoy coming in here working.  

"I don't want to pre-empt anything but the two times I've left Molde, they've won the league the year after, so all the best to whoever takes over – that's the expectations!"

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