OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER insists his successor must WIN the Premier League next season.
The Norwegian was sacked after his side fell to a humiliating 4-1 defeat to newly promoted Watford at Vicarage Road.
Club captain Harry Maguire saw red in the second half, killing off any chance the Red Devils had of staging a comeback.
Watford then scored two in added time to put the final nail in Solskjaer’s coffin.
Solskjaer was subsequently sacked on Sunday morning but leaves the club with no ill feeling.
In fact, Solskjaer thinks him leaving could bring United good fortunes.
In the two times he left Molde, they went on to win the league title.
He said in an emotional farewell: “Well, as I’ve said many times in interviews, I’ve been backed.
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“The board and the owners have backed me in [terms of] bringing good people in, good players in and I think, or I know I leave this club with a better squad.
“The environment is fantastic, it’s an environment I’m proud of leaving because you have to enjoy coming in here working.
“I don’t want to pre-empt anything but the two times I’ve left Molde, they’ve won the league the year after.
“So all the best to whoever takes over – that’s the expectations!”
The replacement with heavy expectations on his shoulders could very well be Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
SunSport exclusively revealed Rodgers has been contacted over potentially taking the vacant post.
And the Red Devils are willing to pay £8million in compensation to the Foxes.
Whilst United sort out who’ll fill the position long-term, club legend Michael Carrick will man the ship.
He’s set to be on the touchline against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
United currently top the group, but a loss would see them drop to second behind their opponents, and possibly third depending on the result between Atalanta and Young Boys.
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