Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a supportive message to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he was sacked by Man Utd on Sunday.
Last season the Norwegian finished a distant second to Man City – 12 points behind in the Premier League – and lost the Europa League final to Villarreal after a marathon penalty shoot-out.
However, after a run of just two victories in eight matches – which included a 5-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool and a derby loss to Manchester City – the final straw was Saturday’s embarrassing 4-1 reverse at Watford.
Some have questioned Ronaldo’s role in Solskjaer’s demise at Man Utd but the Portugal international wished his “friend” luck after leaving Old Trafford.
Ronaldo posted on Twitter: “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!”
He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.
Good luck, my friend!
You deserve it! pic.twitter.com/pdm7RXr2RX
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 22, 2021
As soon as Man Utd called an emergency board on Saturday night it was obvious the writing was on the wall for their former striker Solskjaer, who despite changing the atmosphere around the club following the toxic end of Jose Mourinho’s reign in December 2018 never really convinced in the role.
In a statement announcing his departure the club said: “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.
“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.”
In an emotional interview with MUTV after his departure, Solskjaer said: “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.
“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.”