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Solskjaer ‘honored’ to have managed ManU but accepts time to ‘step aside’


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he has been “honored, privileged” in managing Manchester United. However, he acknowledges that he must pay for being unable to take the “next step.”

​​Solskjaer was sacked as United manager after an “embarrassing” 4-1 defeat at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino the club’s first choice to take over next summer.

United confirmed that Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will take temporary charge. The club has also announced their intent to appoint an interim coach until the end.

Solskjaer spoke for the first times since his firing. United’s website: “First off, I would like to say a big thank you to the board and the owners. This opportunity is not available for everybody and it was for me.

“It is an honor and privilege to be trusted with the club’s future, and I truly hope I can leave it in better shape than when I started.

It is one of the things that you long for in life. If you were a player and a coach for the reserve team, then the next thing that you want to do is manage the club. I am now.

It’s been an absolute blast, from the very beginning to the end, and I must thank everyone who has helped me since my arrival. They’re all top players, great lads. While some players have been there and gone, all have made it a great team to work with.

“The owners and board have supported me.” [terms of]Good people, great players, and I believe, or know that I will leave the club with a stronger squad.

“I believe everyone understands that I gave everything to this club. To me, this club is everything.

“I have made wonderful friends and reconnected with many great friends. New staff members are coming in, which I have become great friends with. We are good friends, and have made connections with other members of staff who were there when I was there. That’s the essence of a club such as this.

They have done an amazing job with the fans. From the first day at Cardiff to the last. [They’ve been]”Top, we will see you again.”

“Time to let go”

Solskjaer, 48, signed a new three-year deal in July but leaves United after a run of five defeats in seven Premier League matches saw them fall to eighth place in the table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Following humiliating home defeats, the Norwegian position seemed almost unsustainable Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks as his tactics came under intense scrutiny, but it was Saturday’s loss to Watford that forced United’s hierarchy to act.

Solskjaer achieved thirdAnd second-place finishes in his two full seasons in charge but failed to win silverware, with last season’s penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final – a year after falling short in three cup semi-finals – his best effort of ending United’s four-year trophy drought.

He said, “I wanted us take the next steps to challenge the league and win trophies. But unfortunately, I didn’t get the results that we required. It’s now for me to step aside.”

“Second-place finish last season, ahead of perhaps one of Europe’s most successful teams (Liverpool), is something I consider a remarkable achievement.

We were close to Europe. Sometimes, that is the fine margin.

Ole, I wish the next manager everything

Former Tottenham boss Pochettino is United’s first choice to replace Solskjaer on a permanent basis, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag understood to be second on the club’s shortlist.

After being sacked by Spurs in November 2019, Pochettino had been heavily associated with United. However, he eventually joined PSG on January 20, 2021. Sky Sports News has been told Ten Hag would “100 per cent be interested in the job” in the summer, but both men have contracts until 2023.

Solskjaer is United’sThe fourth and final permanent manager, since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, he lasted more than any of his older predecessors Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer expressed his desire for the successor. “I believe I can do what I love, so I think I’ve made the right foundations.

“I can be 100 percent sure that I will create a football environment. That’s my forte and it’ll likely bring me back at some point.” [working in football].

“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.

“I’m certain they will, because I have faith in the foundation.”

Neville: Ole couldn’t get an encore from them

Gary Neville reacts as Solskjaer is fired from his post at Manchester United.

The result has been there for him every time he tried. The results are getting worse every day. Performances are the worst.

Yesterday’s defending was terrible, especially the goalkeeper and defenders. The back four and five have played together many times. Watford is not the greatest team in league. They defeated Manchester United. Ole was unable to get anything out of the players in the final. They looked exhausted and devoid of confidence.

“I’m not surprised that it ended today.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have become a bridge to a troubled period within the club. This would have been the worst for him. It is hoped that it will lead to a brighter future. The next appointment must be made on time. They might be required to attend the end of the season.”