David Beckham gives verdict on Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

David Beckham has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his time as Manchester United manager so far – and said his former team-mate has learned from Sir Alex Ferguson.

After a poor start to the season, Solskjaer has guided United to fifth place in the Premier League and the latter stages of the Europa League and FA Cup.

And Beckham reckons that, despite trailing table-topping rivals Liverpool by a whopping 38 points in the top-flight, Solskjaer should still be applauded for his Red Devils' work.

"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. 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, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League with United, said he is still a huge Red Devils fan.

But he accepts the club were always going to struggle in the wake of Ferguson's retirement in 2013 and the departures of other key figures.

"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," he said.

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