Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Sacked Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left fighting back tears in a painful final interview following his departure. Solskjaer was let go on Sunday morning following a run of one win in seven Premier League games.
An embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Watford proved to be the final straw for United’s hierarchy, a result that dropped them to seventh in the table.
It was a decision that had been coming for some time, with the hammering at home to Liverpool being a game that Solskjaer would never truly recover from.
The Norwegian had earned club legend status during 11 years as a player at Old Trafford, which saw him win the top-flight six times, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League once.
He scored the winning goal in the final to help United win the last of those trophies, but his reign as manager has not gone so well.
Solskjaer failed to win a trophy during his near-three year period in charge at Old Trafford, before being sacked.
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He gave an exit interview to United’s club media channels following the decision to sack which turned emotional.
When being asked about what he would say to his former squad at United, who are now preparing to travel to Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
First team coach Michael Carrick is set to take charge of the Red Devils for that game, with Solskjaer visibly fighting back tears as he spoke about the caretaker boss.
“As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this,” Solskjaer said.
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“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.”
It marks the end of a 25-year link between Solskjaer and United, with the Norwegian clearly holding a great deal of affection for the club.
And after thanking the United fans for their support, he insisted that he would return to Old Trafford in the future.
“It’s been a ball. Let’s keep supporting this team, you’ve got to stick with them,” the Norwegian added.
“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.
“And I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere I’m going to watch football games, that’s at Old Trafford.”
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