Manchester United legend David Beckham has responded to his old side's decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United formally confirmed on Sunday morning that the Norwegian had lost his job after Saturday's 4-1 collapse at Watford.

The defeat at Vicarage Road was the latest in a string of poor results since September, with 5-0 and 2-0 defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively also coming in that time.

United, in a statement, confirmed that Michael Carrick would be taking over in the short term and that the club would look to bring in a manager until the end of the season.

They were also keen to point out that Solskjaer 's status as a club legend for his achievements as a player was still intact.

A statement read: "Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

"Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked as Manchester United manager
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by the club following a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford. United had a disappointing start to the season that included Premier League defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
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Meanwhile Beckham has waded in on social media platform Instagram, commenting on United's Instagram post confirming Solskajer's exit.

"The most gracious man in the room," Beckham wrote.

Beckham and Solskjaer were both key players for Sir Alex Ferguson for United before the former's exit for Real Madrid in 2003.