“He boarded and boarded”: David Beckham praises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and claims that former teammate from Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook borrows by protecting his Manchester United players
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a difficult first full season as a Manchester United boss
- But former teammate David Beckham praised the Norwegian manager
- They were part of the party that won the Treble in 1999 and Beckham supported him
David Beckham has praised his former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his work as a manager.
Solskjaer, who is in his first full season as manager of United after the takeover in December 2018, has occasionally had a difficult campaign and his side is fifth in the Premier League.
They had good moments and beat Manchester City, Leicester, Spurs and the most recent Chelsea, but are in the top four on three points.
David Beckham has praised the manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
His former teammate Solskjaer has had a difficult first full season behind United
Despite his up and down season, Beckham – who was part of the Treble winning party with Solskjaer and spent years with him at United – greeted the Norwegian.
“I think he’s doing well,” Beckham told Sky Sports. “The fact that he stepped in and performed, and that he remains positive about players, is what he got from the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson].
“He would never criticize a player from his club and Ole was exactly the same.
Beckham said that Solskjaer’s decision to protect the players comes from Sir Alex Ferguson’s playbook
“He is still learning, but he will protect his players and protect Manchester United.
“All fans will stand behind him because he is a great person and because of what he has done for Manchester United in recent years.”
United has been struggling since Ferguson left in the summer of 2013 and has not won the Premier League in the intervening years.
Beckham celebrates 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 MLS side in Inter Miami on Wednesday, admitted that he would like to see United re-enact it in the near future.
He went on to say, “I think that if you are a club the size of Manchester United and you have had the amount of success we had, there would always be a time when other clubs have had some success.
“When that success is achieved by Manchester City or Liverpool, it is always talked about. There would always be a transition period, especially when Alex Ferguson stepped down.
The pair, pictured in the photo, was part of the side that the Treble captured in 1999
‘You also had David Gill working in the club and the players stopped playing, Giggsy [Ryan Giggs], Scholesy [Paul Scholes] and the nevs [Gary and Phil Neville], they all stopped playing, so there would always be a time when they were not as successful.
“Is it hard to view them now? No, because I am a real Manchester United fan and whatever the situation is, I like to watch them play.
“But let’s hope it doesn’t take too long before we go without trophies, because we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and not many have that tradition.”