After almost three years in charge, Solskjaer was relieved of his duties on Sunday after the club suffered a shock 4-1 defeat to Premier League strugglers Watford. The result and dismal performance was the culmination of a poor run of form which saw the Red Devils lose seven of their last 13 games, including a 5-0 home trouncing to rivals Liverpool and a derby defeatManchester City. Solskjaer said his goodbyes to players and staff at Carrington on Sunday while he gave a tearful interview to the club’s media team.
The Norwegian, who holds legendary status at Manchester United, 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 Manchester United player, Champions League, 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.”
Though the Norwegian was widely credited for restoring some positivity at the club after Jose Mourinho’s turgid spell in charge, his tactical nous was questioned throughout his reign.
In fact, according to The Times, a number of players from Eliteserien side Molde FK, a club Solskjaer had managed on two occasions, had begun removing United players from their Fantasy Football teams.
Times reporter Paul Hirst said: “It is understood that upon hearing that Solskjaer would be moving to Old Trafford, some of the Molde squad members took their United players out of their Fantasy Football teams because they feared he would struggle.”
Solskjaer played for Molde before joining Manchester United as a player in 1996.
Three years later, Solskjaer was handed the Manchester United job on a permanent basis, after he won 14 of his 19 games in charge as caretaker.
The most notable result in his period as caretaker was in the Champions League against PSG, when a 90th minute Marcus Rashford penalty sent United to the competition’s quarter final.
In Solskjaer’s final interview, he opened up about his time managing the club and the friends he made during his time at Old Trafford.
He said: “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 been 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 as 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.”
Michael Carrick, who has taken charge on an interim basis, has a number of injury worries for the Champions League game with Villarreal tomorrow, with Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood all missing.
Today reports claimed that PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino would be interested in taking the Manchester United job on a permanent basis and is already in talks to become Solskjaer’s successor.