Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s “honored 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 manager 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 selection to take over subsequent summer time.
United have confirmed Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will likely be positioned in momentary cost, with the membership additionally revealing their intention to appoint an interim supervisor till the top of the season.
Speaking for the primary time since his dismissal, Solskjaer advised United’s website: “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 honored 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.
“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 has been completely pleasurable 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 folks. Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they have been such an pleasurable bunch to work with.
“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 feel everybody is aware of I’ve given the whole lot for this membership. This membership means the whole lot to me.
“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.”
‘Time for me to step aside’
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.
The Norwegian’s position looked almost untenable following humbling home defeats by 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 third and 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.
“I needed us to take the subsequent step to problem for the league, to win trophies, but sadly I could not get the outcomes we wanted and it is time for me to step apart,” he said.
“Second place final season forward of arguably probably the greatest groups in Europe (Liverpool), I feel that is an excellent achievement as nicely.
“And we were so close in Europe. Sometimes that’s the fine margin for you, one penalty.”
Ole: I want subsequent supervisor all the perfect
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino is United’s first choice to change Solskjaer on a everlasting foundation, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag understood to be second on the membership’s shortlist.
Pochettino was closely linked with United following his sacking by Spurs in November 2019 but finally joined PSG in January 2021. Sky Sports News has been advised Ten Hag would “100 per cent be interested in 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 in all probability 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 muse is there, I do know they’re prepared to kick on and I’m certain they’ll.”
Neville: Ole couldn’t get a performance out of them
Gary Neville reacts to Solskjaer’s sacking as Manchester United manager
“He has all the time had that consequence previously that has pulled him out of the mire whenever you thought it would get a bit bit too difficult for him. But this time the outcomes have simply bought worse and worse. The worst factor has been the performances.
“Yesterday, some of the defending is absolutely woeful, the goalkeeper, the defenders. It is a back four or back five that have played together a number of times and Watford are not the best team in the league by a long stretch. They mauled Manchester United. Ole could not get a performance out of them in the end. The players looked drained of confidence.
“I’m not shocked right this moment that it has ended.
“The worst factor for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been if he had change into a bridge for a darkish interval within the membership. Hopefully, will probably be a shiny future. They want to get the subsequent appointment proper. Maybe that will likely be on the end of the season.”