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City will never rival United's greatness: Beckham

David Beckham: Manchester City can never hope to rival Manchester United's history and silverware.

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has reiterated his allegiance to the red side of Manchester before his LA Galaxy side play Manchester City.

The two sides meet on Sunday in a pre-season friendly, a match which will see Beckham playing against Man City for the first time since his move to Real Madrid in 2003.

Beckham praised the quality of City's squad, but was at pains to point out his preference for his old club.

"They're bringing good players in, they've got strong people with a lot money backing the club," Beckham said.

"They might be a threat this season. There are great players in their team, but they're never going to be Man Utd.

"Manchester United has got the history, and the silverware over the last 20 years.

There's only one team in Manchester. I'm a Man Utd fan, so I'm always going to say that."

David Beckham believes losing Carlos Tévez will be a major blow for City and suggested that United's tradition of success in the Premier League would see them retain the title.

"Tévez is such a great player, and was a strong player for them last season.

"If they do lose him then it will be disappointing for the fans and for the rest of the team.

"But they've got a lot behind them as an organisation and a club. They're going to be able to keep bringing world class players in

"You need a lot of experience in the Premier League, so we'll see what happens."

Beckham came through the youth system at Old Trafford and made his debut in 1993. He went on to make 265 appearances for United and won the Premier League title six times, plus two FA Cups and the Champions League.