“Why I stepped aside as Man Utd boss” – Solskjaer breaks silence after Man Utd sacking

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Former Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken for the first time following his sacking by the club on Sunday morning.

The Norwegian was dismissed by the United board following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Watford. The defeat was our fifth in seven league matches.

“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,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“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 and I only think it’s right that it comes from the horse’s mouth. I don’t want to answer all … there’s going to be journalists asking me about interviews but no, I’m not going to do any interviews.

“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.”

He said: “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.”

“Well, as I’ve said many times in interviews, I’ve been backed,” he said.

“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.”