‘He’s stepped in and stepped up’: David Beckham praises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and claims former team-mate is borrowing from Sir Alex Ferguson’s play book by protecting his Manchester United players
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a tough first full season as Manchester United boss
- But former team-mate David Beckham heaped praise on the Norwegian manager
- They were part of the side that won the Treble in 1999 and Beckham backed him
David Beckham has heaped praise on his former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the job he is doing as manager.
Solskjaer, who is in his first full season as United manager after taking over in December 2018, has had a difficult campaign at times and his side are fifth in the Premier League.
They have had good moments, beating Manchester City, Leicester, Spurs and most recently Chelsea, but are three points off the top four.
David Beckham has heaped praise on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
His former team-mate Solskjaer has had a difficult first full season in charge of United
Despite his up and down season, Beckham — who was part of the Treble winning side with Solskjaer and spent years with him at United — hailed the Norwegian.
‘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 [Sir Alex Ferguson].
‘He would never criticise a player from his club and Ole has been exactly the same.
Beckham said Solskjaer’s decision to protect the players is out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook
‘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.’
United have had a tough time since Ferguson left in the summer of 2013 and have not won the Premier League in the intervening years.
Beckham celebrating a goal with Solskjaer when they were both players for United
Fierce rivals Liverpool are likely to win the title this season and Beckham, who launched his Inter Miami MLS side on Wednesday, admitted he is keen to see United step it up again in the near future.
He continued: ‘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.
‘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.
The pair, pictured celebrating, were part of the side that captured the Treble in 1999
‘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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