Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a heartfelt farewell message following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure.
The Norwegian parted ways with Manchester United by mutual agreement following an ugly run of form that ended with a 4-1 defeat to Watford over the weekend. The following morning came with the announcement of Solskjaer’s sacking.
A club legend being brought in to manage the team and being sacked after almost 3 years in charge was always going to be emotional. And Ronaldo’s message on Twitter makes it abundantly clear.
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
The two have known each other for over a decade; having gone from being teammates of a generational team to playing under the former Norway international. Despite the way things ended, the former Cardiff City boss is still loved by the fanbase and he will always remain a club legend.
Securing Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and the Portuguese international generated a lot of hype during the summer with the Red Devils being tipped to be title challengers this season. Judging from the previous campaign, those shouts were perfectly justified. And that almost seemed probable from the way the Mancunians kicked the season off.
However, the honeymoon period did not last as all major signings faded into the background. Sancho is still struggling to make an impact in England, Varane came down with an injury and the former Real Madrid man has been rather mediocre in recent games. But the Old Trafford outfit’s poor form continued because of the 48-year-old’s stubbornness as he refused to change his approach.
Nevertheless, the current focus is on finding a new manager. Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Erik Ten Hag’s names have been widely mentioned in the media recently. Mauricio Pochettino is also said to be a candidate but it is probably unlikely for him to quit Paris Saint-Germain and make a return to England.