Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come in for plenty of criticism as Manchester United manager – but David Beckham has hailed his former team-mate for doing "an incredible job".
Solskjaer has United on course for a second-place Premier League finish, which would secure them back-to-back top three finishes for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
But, despite overseeing a respectable league campaign, the failure to challenge Manchester City for the title, as well as their humiliating Champions League exit, has been seen by some as a failure.
However Beckham, who won five Premier League titles and one Champions League triumph during his seven years playing alongside Solskjaer, has hit back at the Norwegian's critics.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: "I've seen some of the criticism but I suppose when you are a manager of Man United when they've had success over the years that they've had.
"There was always going to be a point where people get criticised, whether it's the players, whether it's the owners, whether it's the manager.
"Ole's been in the game long enough to be able to take any kind of criticism. He's very quiet, he gets on with his job, and I think he's done an incredible job down at United.
"The results are starting to show that. Hopefully it continues because the fans love Ole, we all love Ole and we all want him to do well.
"So when the criticism comes, he's one person that can take it."
Indeed, Beckham's comments will be bad news for Solskjaer's critics hoping that the manager ultimately fails at Old Trafford.
And the message of support comes after Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool midfielder, claimed that Solskjaer could face the sack if he finishes the season trophyless.
Pressure is beginning to mount again on the boss after United's FA Cup exit at Leicester – and Murphy now feels failure to win the Europa League could cost Solskjaer his job.
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"They can’t be blaming tiredness for a loss at Leicester in the FA Cup and their squad not being strong enough,” Murphy told talkSPORT .
"United competing in the Europa League is not good enough, first and foremost, the fans know that, the club know that and Ole knows that.
“Not progressing in the Champions League was a massive, massive blow for them. Yes, they’re going to get in the top four… but so they damn should!
“He’s in a position for me where the Europa League, for me, has become monumental for him and the club."
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