Harry Maguire reveals what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Man Utd players in his farewell speech
The defender was full of praise for the outgoing Manchester United manager and placed the blame at the players’ feet.
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The ex-striker was removed as the club’s manager that morning and spoke to the squad before leaving the Red Devils’ Carrington training ground.
"The manager came in and spoke to us, it was an emotional day and everyone’s got a huge amount of respect for Ole. he’s a legend of the club and will remain a legend of the club," Maguire told reporters, during the pre-match press conference.
"I don’t want to go into too much depth about what he said but he wished us well. He said he’d be supporting us, he said we need to get back on track, get focused on the game against Villarreal now and make sure we go into it with a positive mindset.
"One thing he said was he’ll be supporting us and wanting us to win every game of football, which shows the values of the man."
Results must improve
Maguire also spoke on Monday about how difficult the squad found it to deal with Solskjaer’s dismissal, while he also acknowledged recent results have been below United’s standards.
“The players need to take responsibility for everything on and off the pitch,” the club captain said, via video link.
“I think it’s been a very hard time for us as players as well because of the amount of respect we have for the boss and what he’s done for a lot of us over the two-and-a-half-year period he’s been here.
“We’ve been on a journey together, it’s never nice to see someone lose their job. For him to come in and speak to us yesterday, the emotion around the place… I think yeah, it was difficult to be in.
“All the lads, it shows as a group of lads, how much we want to succeed and like you said, the result on Saturday, it wasn’t good enough.
“The results recently haven’t been good enough. It’s a results business and, unfortunately, Ole has paid the price for that. Obviously, we’ve got to take a big responsibility for that as well."