Man City boss Pep Guardiola sends classy message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd axe

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at Old Trafford came to an end on Sunday, with the Manchester United manager sacked after producing unfavourable results for the last two months of his tenure. Yet cross-city rival Pep Guardiola acknowledged Solskjaer’s efforts in the Premier League over the last three years.

The pair faced off nine times in total, the pair winning four games each coupled with one draw.

Solskjaer looked to have turned a corner with United by finishing second and reaching the Europa League final last season.

Yet after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, United have gone backwards with their failure to improve their midfield and poor tactical decisions seen as key reasons Solskjaer has lost his job.

United sit eighth in the table, with just four points in their last seven games.

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But Manchester City manager Guardiola classily acknowledged his former counterpart’s performances against him.

“I wish him all the best. It was a pleasure to face him,” Guardiola said.

“He beat me more than I wanted but you know, he knows – like I know – when you’re in charge of a team like United, like City, like Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool … you have to win, otherwise you’re in trouble.

“I’m still sitting here because we won, otherwise there would be another person sitting here.

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“I wish him all the best and hopefully we can one day see each other again.”

Solskjaer claimed he would see the United support again in some capacity, most likely in a technical role behind the scenes at the club.

Despite not attaining the result the club wanted over the last few weeks, there will always be mutual respect between the two.

“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Man United player, Champions League, the biggest stage,” Solskjaer told MUTV.


“If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael [Carrick] is going to be in charge.

“[You’ll see me again,] definitely. If you want me pitchside with you, I’m there!

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

United take on Villarreal in midweek as they look to cement their qualification from their group.

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