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Beckham backs former Man Utd teammate Solskjaer to succeed at Old Trafford

David Beckham has backed his former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enjoy continued success as the club's permanent manager.

Three months on from being brought in by United as caretaker boss, Solskjaer this week signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford.

Under the Norwegian the Red Devils have won 15 of 20 games in all competitions, moved into the Premier League's top four and advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Regarding Solskjaer, his fellow member of United's 1999 treble-winning squad, Beckham told Sky Sports News: "He is loved by the fans and the players and every individual that is at the club.

"He's done a great job so far and it will continue. It's great for the club and great for him."

Beckham, speaking at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, also expressed his excitement about how England have been faring.

Gareth Southgate's Three Lions beat the Czech Republic 5-0 and Montenegro 5-1 during the international break.

Former England captain Beckham, who played with Southgate at international level, said: "It's exciting.

"I was excited when Gareth took over because I think he's spent enough time with the players from a very young age, and obviously then to see them go into the full squad and play the way they are playing, I think it's exceptional to see."