Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘honoured’ to have managed Manchester United but accepts it was time to ‘step aside’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s “honoured and privileged” to have managed Manchester United but accepts he paid the worth for not having the ability to “take the next step”.

​​Solskjaer was sacked as United supervisor after an “embarrassing” 4-1 defeat at Watford within the Premier League on Saturday, with Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino the membership’s first alternative to take over subsequent summer time.

United have confirmed Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick might be positioned in non permanent cost, with the membership additionally revealing their intention to appoint an interim supervisor till the top of the season.

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Speaking for the primary time since his dismissal, Solskjaer informed United’s web site: “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 membership ahead, and I actually hope that I go away it in a greater state than after I got here.

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“It’s a type of belongings you dream of in your life. When you’ve got been a participant, whenever you’ve been a reserve-team coach, the subsequent job then, the one dream and the one factor you have not accomplished is to handle the membership, and I have now.

“It’s been a ball, it’s been completely gratifying from the primary to the final minute, so I have to thank all of the gamers as a result of since I got here in, they’re high lads, high individuals. Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they have been such an gratifying bunch to work with.

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“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.

“I believe everybody is aware of I’ve given every little thing for this membership. This membership means every little thing to me.

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“I’ve made great friends, I’ve reconnected with some great friends, new staff coming in I’ve become really good friends with. The other staff that was here when I was there, we’re good friends and we have connected and that’s what it’s about at a club like this.

      “With the followers, they have been wonderful. From day one at Cardiff till the final one now. [They’ve been] high, and we’ll see one another once more.”

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      ‘Time for me to step apart’

        Solskjaer, 48, signed a brand new three-year deal in July but leaves United after a run of 5 defeats in seven Premier League matches noticed them fall to eighth place within the desk and 12 factors behind leaders Chelsea.

        The Norwegian’s place seemed nearly untenable following humbling house defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City in latest weeks as his ways got here underneath intense scrutiny, but it was Saturday’s loss to Watford that compelled United’s hierarchy to act.

        Solskjaer achieved third and second-place finishes in his two full seasons in cost but failed to win silverware, with final season’s penalty shootout loss to Villarreal within the Europa League closing – a yr after falling brief in three cup semi-finals – his finest effort of ending United’s four-year trophy drought.

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          “I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside,” he stated.

          “Second place last season ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe (Liverpool), I think that’s a great achievement as well.

          “And we have been so shut in Europe. Sometimes that is the tremendous margin for you, one penalty.”

          Ole: I wish next manager all the best

          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.

          Pochettino was heavily linked with United following his sacking by Spurs in November 2019 but eventually joined PSG in January 2021. Sky Sports News has been told Ten Hag would “100 per cent have an interest within the job” in the summertime, but each males have contracts till 2023.

          Solskjaer was United’s fourth everlasting supervisor since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and lasted longer than extra skilled predecessors David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

          “I want him to be successful,” Solskjaer stated of his successor. “Hopefully I’ve laid the foundations for that to happen because I know I’m good at what I do.

          “I’m 100 per cent certain to create a soccer surroundings, that is the place I’m good at and sooner or later, I’ll most likely be again [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 do know the inspiration is there, I do know they’re prepared to kick on and I’m certain they may.”

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            Neville: Ole could not get a efficiency out of them

            Sky Sports’ Gary Neville displays on Solskjaer’s dismissal:

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            Gary Neville reacts to Solskjaer’s sacking as Manchester United supervisor

            “He has always had that result in the past that has pulled him out of the mire when you thought it might get a little bit too tricky for him. But this time the results have just got worse and worse. The worst thing has been the performances.

            “Yesterday, a few of the defending is totally woeful, the goalkeeper, the defenders. It is a again 4 or again 5 that have performed collectively quite a few instances and Watford should not the very best staff within the league by an extended stretch. They mauled Manchester United. Ole couldn’t get a efficiency out of them ultimately. The gamers seemed drained of confidence.

            “I am not surprised today that it has ended.

            “The worst factor for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been if he had turn into a bridge for a darkish interval within the membership. Hopefully, it might be a shiny future. They want to get the subsequent appointment proper. Maybe that might be on the finish of the season.”

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