Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks Manchester United fans in emotional farewell message following sacking

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he has laid the foundations for the next Manchester United manager to be successful following his departure from Old Trafford.

In an emotional farewell interview with MUTV after he was sacked, Solskjaer said he wants to “leave by the front door” and said he is proud of the environment he is leaving behind.

Solskjaer said he will “look back at every single second here with pride” and revealed he is planning to take a break from the game to spend some time with his family in Norway.

“I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies,” he said. “I want to get it out there, I’m going to leave by the front door, because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“The environment is fantastic, it’s an environment I’m proud of leaving because you have to enjoy coming in here working. I think there is potential in this club. We all love the club, and we all want to see it continue.”

Asked what is next for him, Solskjaer said: “I’ll spend some time with my family. That’s been probably the most difficult part, through the pandemic, with Norway being open and here being closed, my family moved back to Norway and the young one, he loves it back there, so we’ve lived apart. So, I’ll spend some time with them.

“Then, I’ll watch the team of course and hopefully, the next manager comes in and I want to support him. I want him to be successful, hopefully I’ve laid the foundations for that to happen because I know I’m good at what I’m doing.

“I’m 100 per cent sure to create a football environment, that’s where I’m good at and at some point, I’ll probably be back [working in football].”

Solskjaer has also revealed his message to the Manchester United players following his sacking.

“As I’ve said to them this morning as well, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this,” he said.

“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 [Carrick] is going to be in charge. Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], 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.”

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