Norwegian professional football manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has reacted to his contract termination at Manchester United.
Naija News reports that the 48-year-old football coach was relieved of his managerial position at United on Sunday.
Solskjaer’s dismissal from Old Trafford follows the club’s 4-1 defeat to bottom table Watford FC. The defeat added to United’s humiliating losses in recent weeks to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Speaking in an emotional interview after he was fired from the club, the Norwegian said he hopes to have left United in a better state than he inherited the club three years ago.
Solskjaer said though the club means everything to him and together they were really a good match, unfortunately, he couldn’t get the results the club had anticipated.
The former coach who spoke in an interview with United’s in-house media said: “You know what this club means to me and what I wanted to achieve here. 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.”
Showing gratitude to the club management and fans for the moments he had shared with them, Solskjaer added: “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 think there is potential in this club. We all love the club, and we all want to see it continue.”
According to Solskjaer, he had an interactive moment with Unied’s players on Sunday morning to encourage them to prove they are better than they have showed in recent weeks in Spain.
He said: “As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this.
“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, in the Champions League, on the biggest stage. If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round.
“Michael is going to be in charge. Michael, I have the utmost respect, I love Michael to bits. I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”