Sacked Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stops to hug fan as fallen club legend leaves training ground for the last time
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER stepped out of his car to hug a Manchester United fan after leaving the training ground for the last time.
United parted company with Solskjaer on Sunday morning after Saturday's 4-1 thrashing at Watford, which marked the final straw following a run of seven defeats in 13 matches across all competitions.
The Red Devils have been enduring an inconsistent season as they have dropped to seventh place in the Premier League table and the Norwegian coach came under tremendous pressure.
Many fans continued to support him despite a run of poor results, such as a 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool at home last month followed by a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City soon after at Old Trafford.
But there were also others who insisted it was time to move on, such as a section of supporters last night at Vicarage Road who booed him after he clapped the away end at the final whistle.
However, the United faithful still hold the 48-year-old in high regard ever since his last-gasp winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich and still chant his name.
A fan waited for him as he left the training centre at Carrington where he went earlier today to say goodbye to players and staff.
A picture has since gone viral showing the manager and the supporter hugging as the latter bid him farewell.
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Solskjaer reportedly told him it has been an honour managing United for the last three years before taking off.
United issued the following statement: "Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision.
"While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.
"Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future.
"His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments.
"He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family."
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