After Man United’s shock defeat at Watford, Skinner praises Solskjaer for being “supportive.”

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After Man United’s shock defeat at Watford, Skinner praises Solskjaer for being “supportive.”

MARC SKINNER paid a heartfelt tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was fired by Manchester United just hours before.

After a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Watford, the 13-time Premier League champions ended the club legend’s three-year reign.

Solskjaer’s dismissal follows a week of high-profile sackings in the men’s and women’s top flight, with Birmingham ending Scott Booth’s five-month reign as WSL manager.

“Ole will remain the legend of this club,” said United Women’s manager Skinner, 38.

“He was nothing but supportive of the women’s team, and he did so in a very good manner.”

“Doesn’t this happen in football?”

“I’m confident that he’ll be successful in his next job.”

Solskjaer, 48, reflected on recent United results and admitted it was time to “step aside” in a frank, emotional interview shared by Man United’s official Twitter account.

Carrick has been appointed as the club’s interim manager, with the hope of appointing a permanent replacement in the summer.

“I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies,” Solskjaer said. “I only think it’s right that it comes straight from the horse’s mouth.”

“This club means everything to me, and we’re a good match together, but I wasn’t able to get the results we needed, and it’s time for me to step down.”

“Everyone at Manchester United will remember Ole as a great individual,” Skinner continued.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s part of football, and Olli knows that better than anyone.”

Skinner, who has been in charge of the Red Devils Women’s team for almost four months, was speaking after his team’s 4-1 home loss to Arsenal.

And the Red Devils boss, who was in charge of Birmingham for three years, believes Booth will bounce back after his departure from the Midlands.

After being thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea, the Midlands club has named ex-West Brom Women’s manager Darren Carter as interim head coach.

Marcus Bignot, who previously led the Blues Women, will assist Carter in his managerial duties.

“I’m pretty sure Scott will use this to fuel his career as well as where he wants to go from there,” Skinner said ahead of United’s match with Arsenal.

“It’s tough (in the WSL), and it’ll only get tougher.”

Skinner’s Leigh Park Village players will be hoping for a maximum number of points from their next league match, as they have only won one and drawn three of their previous five games.

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Marc Skinner says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was 'nothing but supportive' of the Red Devils women's sideSkinner says Solskjaer will always be remembered as a 'great individual' at UnitedMan United will be hoping for three points when they face Birmingham after the international break

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