Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Frank Lampard won't want his fellow managers to feel sorry for him after he was dismissed by Chelsea.
Lampard was sacked on Monday after 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge and with Chelsea down in ninth in the table.
The former England midfielder had led the Blues into the top four last season and they were briefly top of the league at the start of December, but club chiefs took decisive action after a dismal run of form.
Solskjaer says the sacking was harsh, but thinks Lampard won't appreciate any sympathy.
"I know Frank doesn't want us to feel sorry for him, that's for sure," said the Manchester United boss.
"I know his character and mentality and I'm sure he'll bounce back and have a good managerial career.
"They just went through a little patchy period, a short spell, not long ago they were top of the league.
"It's the first dip of form they've really had under Frank, so a little bit surprised, but it's not for me to comment too much on what's happening at Chelsea."
Solskjaer's side are currently top of the Premier League table, although they would drop down to second if Manchester City win at West Brom on Tuesday night.
United then have an immediate chance to go back to the top when they host Sheffield United on Wednesday.
The Norwegian is well aware that he's been through tough times like Lampard, but is indebted to the United board for sticking by him.
"I'm grateful for the patience because we've had two or three really bad spells of form," he added.
"We don't know what's going on behind the scenes at clubs."
Solskjaer also confirmed that Marcus Rashford is set to be fit to face Sheffield United despite limping off in the FA Cup win over Liverpool.
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