Later News Nov 22

Solskjaer makes United fans feel things with farewell message; Steve Bruce eyes return to Red Devils


Millions of Manchester United fans who could not wait to see the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were left feeling all wistful and emotional after the Norwegian recorded an emotional farewell interview with the club this morning (SGT).

 

The 48-year-old, whose career trajectory at United went from ‘treble’ to ‘terrible’, was fired as Red Devils boss on Sunday, following an awful run of form which culminated in their humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer reacts to Watford defeat

 

News of Solskjaer’s sacking was widely welcomed by hordes of United fans, with many having lost faith in the club legend’s suitability to be at the ‘wheel’.

 

But instead of leaving in a huff, or giving the universal sign of sexual intercourse to the United fans who mercilessly jeered and hounded him out, Solskjaer decided to post a heartfelt video message to the club’s supporters.

 

Speaking to United’s official website, Solskjaer said: “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 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.

 

“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's been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they're top lads, top people. Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they've been such an enjoyable 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 think everyone knows I've given everything for this club. This club means everything to me.”

 

WATCH: Solskjaer gives final Manchester United interview

 

Solskjaer even graciously wished his successor – whoever that might be – well, and tipped United to win the title in the near future.

 

He said: “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 do.

 

“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].

 

“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 expectation.

 

“I know the foundation is there, I know they're ready to kick on and I'm sure they will.”

 

Solskjaer’s message was well-received by the United fans on social media, with many suddenly posting heartfelt tributes to the ‘Baby faced assassin’ – just day(s) after brutally wishing him out of the club.

 

But United fans could soon be left regretting that they ever wanted Solskjaer out. This comes after The Athletic reported that Steve Bruce has reportedly put himself forward as a candidate to take charge of United on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

 

Bruce, who himself was recently fired from his job – as manager of Newcastle United – is a former Man Utd player whose legacy at the club has not yet been tarnished.

 

According to reports, Bruce believes he would be the ideal manager to ‘stabilise’ the dressing room at United. At a push, he could even improve the United defence by coming out of retirement and replacing Harry Maguire at centre-back.

 

United, however, have other long-term managerial candidates in mind, with the likes of Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers understood to be among those they will be looking to bring in at the end of the season.

 

WATCH: Pochettino leads PSG training

 

Nonetheless, with the majority of their targets currently still employed and/or unwilling to move in the middle of the season - coupled with the ineptitude of the United hierarchy - the club could very well be left with no choice but to hire Bruce on an interim basis.

 

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