David Beckham admits former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘still learning’ but insists the Norwegian is ‘doing a good job’ as Manchester United manager.
Solskjaer has endured a difficult period during his first full season as Manchester United boss, the club currently sitting fifth in the Premier League and facing a battle to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
The club continue to produce inconsistent results but remain in contention for both the FA Cup and Europa League this season, and Beckham has backed his former teammate, admitting he sees similarities between Solskjaer’s style and that of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think he’s doing a good job,” Beckham told Sky Sports. “The fact that he’s stepped in and stepped up, and that he continues to be positive about players, he’s got that from the boss [Alex Ferguson]. He would never criticise a player from his club and Ole has been exactly the same.
“He’s still learning but he will protect his players and protect Manchester United. All of the fans will be behind him because he’s a great person and because of what he’s done for Manchester United over the years.”
Beckham admits the club’s struggles are difficult to accept given their illustrious history of winning silverware, United now approaching seven years without a league title, the Red Devils last being crowned champions in Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2013.
The former England captain insists a period of transition was always likely given their sustained success, but remains hopeful the club can return to their former glories under Solskjaer’s stewardship in the coming seasons.
“I think when you’re a club as big as Manchester United and you’ve had the amount of success that we had, there was always going to be a period where other clubs have some success,” Beckham added.
“When that success is being had by Manchester City or Liverpool it’s always going to be talked about. There was always going to be a transition period, especially when Alex Ferguson stepped down.
David Beckham on Manchester United since Sir Alex left
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“You had David Gill working at the club too and the players stopped playing, Giggsy [Ryan Giggs], Scholesy [Paul Scholes] and the Nevs [Gary and Phil Neville], they all stopped playing so there was always going to be a period when they weren’t as successful.
“Is it hard to watch them now? No, because I’m a real Manchester United fan and whatever the situation, I love watching them play. But let’s hope it doesn’t last for too much longer that we go without trophies because we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not many clubs have that tradition.”
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