What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Man Utd fan after being sacked by Ed Woodward
Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apparently told Manchester United fans it had been an ‘honour’ to manage the club following his sacking on Sunday. The Norwegian travelled to Carrington early on for talks with Ed Woodward. And the Red Devils will now start planning ahead for the future without the 48-year-old at the helm.
United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday less than 24 hours after they’d been beaten 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.
A statement read: “Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as Manager.
“Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision.
“While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future.
“His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments.
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“He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”
United also confirmed Michael Carrick would be in charge on a temporary basis, too, while they hunt a permanent Solskjaer replacement.
“Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season,” they added.
And Solskjaer has now said his goodbyes after leaving United’s Carrington training base on Sunday.
Supporter Luke Sellers took to social media to share an image he took with Solskjaer earlier today.
And he tweeted: “He said it had been an honour to be manager.”
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The fan also shared a picture of himself hugging Solskjaer, who got out of his vehicle to make time for him.
But, now, the Red Devils are focused on the future.
Laurent Blanc is seen as the frontrunner to take over on an interim basis, having previously spent two years at Old Trafford as a player.
And when it comes to getting the job permanently, Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino have been strongly linked.
Gary Neville has hit out at the Glazers following Solskjaer’s sacking, saying he’s ‘had enough’ of talking about them.
He told Sky Sports News: “They don’t have a plan for the next manager at this moment in time because obviously they wouldn’t be announcing that they’re appointing an interim manager until the end of the season, or that Michael Carrick would be coming in now.
“We’ve seen managers lose their jobs in the last few weeks – Nuno [Espirito Santo] and Dean Smith at Aston Villa – where there have been plans in place and ready-made replacements to come in. Manchester United haven’t got that plan.
“This is the third time now I think in the last eight years that a manager has been given a long-term contract or extension and lost their job within a few months. So the planning hasn’t been great.
“I don’t really want to, to be fair, stick the knife in today to the club’s owners, to the club’s hierarchy.
“But you have to ask serious questions, you have to ask serious questions.
“I’ve had enough of it to be honest with you. I’ve spoken too much about it over the last few years.
“I think the club is run on the business side okay, but I think culturally and from a point of football decision-making, it leaves a lot to be desired, a lot to be desired.
“The reality is they’ve been caught out again, they’ve been caught out in the last few weeks, they’ve not known what to do, they’ve been indecisive.”
Solskjaer is United’s fourth managerial casualty since 2013.
He joins David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in failing to win the Premier League title at Old Trafford.
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