Sunday 25 March 2018

Fergie 'no regrets' for discarding Beckham circus

Jamie Holland

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has "no regrets" over the sale of David Beckham as he prepares to face his former star in opposition.

Beckham was sold to Real Madrid in 2003 and the pair will be reunited for the first time this month when the Red Devils take on the midfielder's current club, AC Milan, in the Champions League.

Ferguson is now more concerned about how his players will handle the inevitable attention that will accompany Beckham during the last-16 tie than wondering about what might have been.

When asked about the player's £25m move from Old Trafford, Ferguson said he had, "no regrets. We move on. The only difference with David's return compared with other players is that there will be a big media circus surrounding him.

"He's such a high-profile celebrity -- not just a high-profile footballer -- and we haven't really seen anybody else return to the club in that situation. Our job is to concentrate on the football match and let the Beckham media circus carry on."

Beckham left United after a well-publicised rift with Ferguson but they have long since patched up their differences. Former England captain Beckham (34) is now on loan at Milan having been given permission by parent club LA Galaxy to play in Europe ahead of the World Cup.

Ferguson is not surprised to see Beckham back at the San Siro for a second spell and added: "I told him myself last year, when I saw him before our game against Inter, that he should get back to Europe if he wanted to go to the World Cup.

"He had a good spell with Milan last time, so it made sense to me."

United travel to Milan on February 16 before hosting the Italians three weeks later.

"The European Cup is always special to us," he said. "We're away from home in the first leg, which won't be easy, but I'm certain the tie will be decided back at Old Trafford."

Irish Independent

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