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UFC legend Conor McGregor has delivered a heartfelt tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian was sacked by Manchester United.
McGregor is a well-known supporter of the Red Devils and has been regularly spotted cheering them on at Old Trafford or on social media.
But the Irishman will not have enjoyed watching his side over recent months, with United enduring a torrid run of form that has seen them drop to seventh in the Premier League and knocked out of the Carabao Cup.
That awful stretch of results continued on Saturday when United were humiliated by Claudio Ranieri's relegation-threatened Watford, who hammered them 4-1.
The embarrassing defeat was ultimately Solskjaer’s final game in charge of United, with the Norwegian sacked following an emergency meeting among the club’s hierarchy.
The Red Devils released a statement announcing the decision on Sunday morning, stating that the sacking had been made with “regret”.
Solskjaer earned club legend status as a player, coming off the bench to score the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.
He also won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his 11 years at Old Trafford, being branded the ‘baby faced assassin’.
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Despite the way his reign as United boss ended, Solskjaer clearly still holds the respect of McGregor, who tweeted his own tribute to the Norwegian following the news of his sacking.
“I want to give a major shout out, and a huge thank you to the living legend that is Ole Gunnar Solskjær! Ole you are forever, Sir!” McGregor wrote on Twitter.
“Icon! Inspiration! Hero! Legend! Thank you Ole.”
McGregor followed up that tribute by posting a picture of Solskjaer celebrating his winning goal in the Champions League final and one of him lifting the trophy.
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“This is what “Forever Legend” looks like! @ManUtd #RedArmyHero #Passion #Winner #TheOneTheOnly #OleGunnar,” is how he captioned that tweet.
United have placed Michael Carrick in temporary charge as they seek to appoint an interim manager to lead the team for the rest of the season.
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