After a disastrous run of results, Manchester United finally sacked the Norwegian manager on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial journey at Manchester United ended on Sunday. The club confirmed their decision to sack the Norwegian as they appointed assistant Michael Carrick as interim coach.
The pressure was mounting on the shoulders of Solskjaer long before the official sacking. Manchester United have not made a good start to the season, displaying unstable form even against their weakest opponents. The 4-1 defeat against Watford on Saturday was, however, a point of no return. The club immediately conducted a board meeting and sacked Ole after a few offers.
What Solskjaer said?
In an interview after the sacking, Solskjaer spoke about his relationship with the English club.
“You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here,” he told Man United’s official website.
“For the club, for the fans, for the players, for the staff. I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth.
He added: “This club means everything to me and together we’re a good match, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside.”
Asked about his time at the club, the former Red Devils boss responded: “Of course, it’s one of those things you dream of in your life. When you’ve been a player, when you’ve been a reserve team coach, the next job then, the only dream and the only thing you haven’t done is to manage the club, and I have now.
“It’s been a ball. It’s been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they’re top lads, top people.
“Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they’ve been such an enjoyable bunch to work with.
“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 club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.
“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 fans, the fans have been amazing. From day one at Cardiff until the last one now. [They’ve been] top, and we’ll see each other again.”
What next for Man United?
Manchester United have started their search for a new manager, with several top coaches being linked with the job. Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik Ten Hag are on the club’s list. However, recent reports have suggested PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s number one candidate to replace Solskjaer.
Man United will play their first match under Carrick as they face Villarreal in a Champions League battle on Tuesday. The Red Devils hope to have their next manager on board by the time they face Chelsea four days later.