NO REGRETS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out about United exit
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to hold back the tears as he was interviewed one final time by the clubs media team.
Having been sacked after a 4-1 defeat against Watford, Solskjaer accepted he paid the price for United’s failure to “take the next step”.
Last season they finished a distant second to Manchester City – 12 points behind in the Premier League – and lost the Europa League final to Villarreal after a marathon penalty shoot-out.
“I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies… but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside,” he told MUTV.
“Second place last season ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe (Liverpool), I think that’s a great achievement as well.
“And we were so close in Europe. Sometimes that’s the fine margin for you, one penalty.”
The Norwegian offered his best wishes to the man who eventually succeeds 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,” he added.
“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.
“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 expectations.
“I know the foundation is there, I know they’re ready to kick on and I’m sure they will.”
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