Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to return to Man Utd despite being sacked by club

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Manchester United fans for their support after he was dismissed by the club following their Premier League defeat against Watford.

The former Cardiff and Molde boss was dismissed following a fifth defeat across seven league outings that left the Red Devils seventh in the table and 12 points off top.

Having spent hours at their Carrington training base after being sacked on Sunday, it emerged that the Norwegian took part in an unusual farewell interview with the club.

During the MUTV chat, Solskjaer thanked the Old Trafford faithful for their kind words, and made a promise that he would be back to United.

Mentioning his playing days, Solskjaer said: "They’ve [the fans] been amazing with me since one of my first kicks on the ball, I scored with one of the first ones, until now.

"And I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere, I’m going to watch football games, that’s from Old Trafford.”

Adding when asked about his plans to return: "Definitely. If you want me pitchside with you, I’m there!

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"No, I’m very happy and proud with what I’ve done with the good friends I’ve made, and I wish all the best to everyone.

"You know the staff here, we’ve been through criticisms and blah, blah, blah, but the way they conduct themselves and the way they work, the knowledge and the attitude, I admire them.

"Normally, I drive in at seven, half seven at times and I think, 'I’ve caught them today, I’m in before them' but no chance. There’s not been a day.”

Current United stars and club legends have offered emotional responses to Solskjaer's exit, with his final record standing at 91 wins from 168 matches with 37 draws and 40 defeats.

Harry Maguire wrote: "You signed me for the best club in the world and gave me the biggest honour in football. Huge respect and forever grateful. Thankyou for everything boss."

With Patrice Evra saying: "Thank you for making us believe in @ManUtd again my friend…"

While David Beckham said: “The most gracious man in the room.”

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