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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at Manchester United sparked an emotional reaction from inside the club, according to reports. The Norwegian lost his job last month after his team had won just one of their previous seven Premier League matches. And Ralf Rangnick is now in charge at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer was confident he could steer United to Premier League glory after being backed in the summer transfer window.
Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all moved to Old Trafford, with the trio seen as substantial signings at the time.
However, Solskjaer was unable to get the best from his new recruits with United going backwards under him.
After heavy defeats to the likes of Watford, Manchester City and Liverpool he was relieved of his duties last month – with Rangnick installed as his successor.
The Athletic say that there were ‘emotional’ scenes as the Norwegian departed, with staff talking to the 48-year-old.
Solskjaer supposedly told them ‘that’s football’ when asked about his sacking, with the Norwegian facing up to the problems during his tenure.
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Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told staff ‘that’s football’ about his sacking (Image: GETTY)
The former United boss has remained in England since his departure, though he could jet off to Norway for Christmas.
He’s said to still be living in Cheshire and, when recently bumping into United fans upon picking up a takeaway, insisted he ‘tried his best’.
Certainly, he can reflect positively on his time at the club.
Solskjaer arrived in December 2018 after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, who broke the dressing room with his cold manner.
The United legend was popular immediately, with players respecting his status as a club legend.
After steadying the ship and helping the Red Devils build momentum, Solskjaer was given the job permanently in March 2019.
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Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received big transfer backing at Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)
It seemed the right decision at the time, with Ed Woodward choosing to stick the Norwegian instead of going after Mauricio Pochettino.
However, while United did well to finish second and third respectively under Solskjaer, they never got close to winning the Premier League title.
And, ultimately, that’s what Rangnick has to do now he’s been placed in charge until the end of the season.
United are expecting to climb up the Premier League table, especially with a favourable run of fixtures in front of them.
And where they ultimately finish remains to be seen.
Since the departure of Solskjaer, United have also seen Michael Carrick leave the club.
Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job after a 4-1 defeat to Watford (Image: GETTY)
Carrick was put in charge after the axing of his former team-mate, overseeing matches with Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.
And the publication states that there was another emotional atmosphere when news of the former midfielder’s exit broke.
United knew the day before their win over Arsenal that Carrick was on his way out.
Yet they decided to keep things a secret because they didn’t want to cause a distraction before the match with Mikel Arteta’s side.
Meanwhile, regarding Solskjaer, he stated last month that he was proud of his work at the club.
“Very, very proud,” he said.
Man Utd news: Michael Carrick recently joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer out the door (Image: GETTY)
“Of course, 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.
“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.”