Ole Gunnar Solskjaer puts pressure on next Man Utd boss after admission about Glazers

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Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has piled the pressure on his successor after talking up the Glazer family’s unwavering support during his three-year reign.

Solskjaer was finally dismissed on Sunday with United sat 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after an awful run of results.

United were expected to mount a serious challenge for the title this year after Solskjaer was backed to the tune of £120million in the summer.

But United seemed to regress under the Norwegian just months after recording a second-place finish last term.

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Despite his dismissal, Solskjaer was complimentary of the United owners in an emotional exit interview with club media – whilst also squeezing in a cheeky comment on next year’s expectations.

“Well, as I’ve said many times in interviews, I’ve been backed,” Solskjaer said following his departure. “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 expectation!”

Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge following Solskjaer’s dismissal, with United not expected to make a permanent appointment until the summer.

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Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are two of the names in the frame, with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag also reportedly in the mix.

It’s Pochettino, though, who is rapidly emerging as United’s top choice to fill the vacancy – with some reports even suggesting that the former Tottenham chief would be open to an approach from United now as he’s unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.

But striking a deal for the 49-year-old would be far easier in the summer, where he’d have just one season remaining on his deal in Paris.

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Whoever does end up replacing Solskjaer will certainly have a big ask in meeting his mischievous title tip next year.

Although Solskjaer has left the United squad in a far better place than it was prior to his arrival, United are still miles behind their rivals at the top of Premier League.

And it’s unlikely that even an elite coach like Pochettino would be capable of bridging that gap within a single season.

But they should be able to, at least, count on the same generous level of backing that Solskjaer enjoyed for the majority of his tenure at Old Trafford.

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