Manchester United star Marcus Rashford insisted that former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the ultimate respect despite his sack at Old Trafford.
United sacked Solskjaer after last week’s humiliating Premier League defeat at Watford, the club’s fifth loss in seven league games.
Solskjaer was on the brink of an embarrassing 5-0 defeat by rivals Liverpool, while United were beaten 2-0 by defending champions and neighbors Manchester City before the international break.
Ex-United striker Solskjaer initially took over the lead from Jose Mourinho on an interim basis in December 2018 and ensured a significant increase in performance while dispelling the toxic atmosphere that developed at the club in the last few weeks of the Portuguese.
Solskjaer led United in their first half to sixth place in the lead, before finishing third in 2019-20 and second in 2020-21, while his team recorded a record English league run of 29 away games without losing.
However, he failed to win a trophy, reached only one final and lost last season in the Europa League on penalties to Villarreal.
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Rashford jumped in defense of Solskjaer days after his sack as United allegedly got closer to the short-term appointment of Ralf Rangnick until the end of the season, telling the BBC: “Ole is Man United at heart, no one could ever say he wasn’t is.
“For me, the respect he deserves is huge, not just from us, but also from the fans.
“As Bruno [Fernandes] was on the square [at Watford] Telling the fans that it’s not just him, it’s all of us, that’s important too.
“I feel like the fans sometimes blame the manager. The coach can’t play for us, he can set us up as he thinks possible.
“Our job is to give them directions, do what we’re good at and try to win games. It didn’t happen to us in this game, but it’s not right to blame the coach.
“I was glad Bruno did that because it sends a message that we respect him, Ole and the team, even if it didn’t go well.
“Respect is a big deal, it goes a long way and Ole will never lose my respect.”
United are eighth in the table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge.