Friday 15 November 2019

David Beckham - what he said

David Beckham returned to Old Trafford on Tuesday
David Beckham returned to Old Trafford on Tuesday

David Beckham spoke at a press conference at Old Trafford on Tuesday to publicise a UNICEF charity match he is involved in.

Beckham will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI managed by Sir Alex Ferguson against a Rest of the World XI coached by Carlo Ancelotti and led by Zinedine Zidane.

Here is what the former Manchester United and England midfielder said:

On the match at Old Trafford, which will take place on November 14:

"I am very excited to be back here at Old Trafford. It's something I am very proud of. I retired three years ago. I never thought I would be getting my boots on again, apart from with the kids, so this is a special occasion and I am really excited and proud about it."

On Ferguson's return to the dugout:

"To have Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of the team in this game is very special. He's one of the most decorated managers in the history of the game, and he's the man who gave me the opportunity to play for a club that I'd supported for so many years."

On the Ferguson fear factor:

"The manager still has that hold over all of us that he's always had. I saw him a few weeks ago and we always went through this as kids. We'd never drink in front of the manager or talk about a night out in front of him. But I found myself in a room with him holding a glass of wine and the manager came over to talk to me, so I started hiding my glass of wine behind my back."

On his relationship with Ferguson:

''My relationship with the manager was always great despite what people say, despite the couple of ups and downs which we had. When you are a kid, you need someone to look up to, someone to aspire to be. I left London at a very young age and I needed a father figure and he was that person. It's what his reputation is all about - that fear, but he's also a man that you have so much respect for, that you want to win for and want to play for. I don't think that will ever go away, that is just how it is."

On the famous flying boot incident:

''Maybe it's one of the things we can recreate. Someone mentioned that to me the other day. We will see.''

On Ryan Giggs' potential management career:

''I have always said that Giggsy has this streak running through him that you see in top managers. I saw it as a player. He is so determined and when you have got someone like that at a club like this, someone who is from this part of the world and knows so much about this club - it's so embedded into him - it means so much to fans, so I hope that at some point Giggsy does take over. I t might not be for the next five or 10 years but at some point it would be amazing for the fans to have him. To have Giggsy sat on the line preparing himself to become a manager is exciting.''

On his favourite Manchester United memory:

"It's hard to pick one moment, but if I did have to I would have to say the (1992) FA Youth Cup final with the players we had and Eric Harrison as manager, Sir Alex Ferguson on the pitch and in the dressing room after. There were 25,000 or 27,000 there. That was my personal highlight."

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