Wednesday 13 December 2017

Class of ’92: David Beckham talks fights, family and football

David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Phil and Gary Neville talk about about the friendships behind the football in a new documentary

The documentary focuses on David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Phil and Gary Neville and looks at how the six Manchester United players rose up through the squad to "inspire a generation".

The film covers the period from 1992, when Ryan Giggs first appeared in United's senior team, to 1999, culminating in the club's Champions League triumph.

The film tells the story of how six 14-year-old working class lads from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club and became the spine of the most lauded team in world football, all the while remaining close friends.

In an interview ahead of the release of the film David Beckham described the bond between the players.

He discusses football and fighting within the Manchester United team, as well as his family life and thoughts on the future of Man Utd.

"Obviously Sir Alex Ferguson was very bold to get rid of the players that he had at the time and stick six young lads into the team," Beckham said.

"The great thing about us, you know is the fact that we all arrived back at a training ground that we hadn't been to for years, we all sat in the changing rooms where we'd experienced, good times, bad times, initiations and the fact that it was just normal – like it was back in '92 – it says a lot about us."

David Beckham says they nicknamed Paul Scholes ‘the ghost’ because he would always disappear at some point.

Asked if Paul Scholes ever hit him on the back of the head and with a quick reply Beckham said: "Yes, a couple of times. I hit Butt on the back of the head once and it was the worst thing I ever did."

Beckham adds: "The fact that I was playing for Manchester United was a dream, the fact that I could be successful with a bunch of lads that were friends and the fact that we achieved what we achieved. That was without doubt the happiest time of my career."

When asked about the current United team he replies: "It was always going to be difficult when Sir Alex Ferguson retired from being manager, but like the manager always said - Manchester United is Manchester United, when a player moves on from Manchester United, Manchester United moves on and it's the same with the manager."

"And David Moyes is a great manager."

The Class of '92 will be shown at selected cinemas across the UK from Sunday December 1 and will be available on DVD from Monday December 2.

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