Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reflected on the moment he knew he was going to be sacked as Manchester United manager.
The 50-year-old Norwegian is a legend at Old Trafford having enjoyed a glittering playing career at the club, which included scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final to help them win the Treble.
He returned to manage the Red Devils in December 2018, initially as caretaker boss when he took over from Jose Mourinho, before he went onto spend almost three years in the role.
Solskjaer's high watermark came in 2020-21 when he guided United to a second place finish, but results began to deteriorate at the beginning of the following campaign before he was sacked in November 2021 after a 4-1 defeat to struggling Watford - which was his side's fifth loss in seven games.
And Solskjaer has revealed he knew the writing was on the wall during that fateful day at Vicarage Road and remarkably explained how he even informed his players mid-game that he expected to be dismissed.
'Nobody told me (that I was going to lose my job), but I knew at half-time against Watford,' he told The Athletic.
'We didn’t look like a Man United team; the players weren’t running for each other.
'At half-time, I told the players it was probably going to be the last time we worked together and to play with pride. We almost turned it around, until Harry Maguire got sent off.'
United did indeed almost mount a comeback as after being 2-0 down at half-time, Donny Van de Beek pulled a goal back before Maguire picked up two yellow cards in seven second half minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo then had a goal ruled out for offside, before Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis netted injury time goals to condemn United and Solskjaer to their fate.
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