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Fergie: Beckham should have stayed at United or Madrid

david-beckham-manchester-united-sir-alex-ferguson_2941226Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of David Beckham, despite noting a change in the player’s priorities once he married Posh Spice.

“He is an amazing boy,” Ferguson said. “I mean how he has created himself. He’s an icon for young people. He’s fantastic, a wonderful boy. He always had a lovely smile, you know, and he always presents himself well, but as a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was to play some of the best football. He was a fantastic trainer, practised all the time and at night-time, he would come by with the schoolboys and practise with them. And then of course, his life changed, when he married the girl from The Spice Girls and his focus changed. He got drawn into that celebrity status, you know? And for me, I’m a football man. I’m a football man. He lost the focus, but when we sold him to Real Madrid, he did well. The thing I couldn’t believe is that he goes to LA Galaxy. I couldn’t understand that. I would never do that, you know? If I was going to go, I would be making sure he would go to the best, and Real Madrid was the best, I would say, and United. But he reinvented himself. He goes and plays for the English national team for a couple more years. He goes and plays for AC Milan in the European Cup. He’s unbelievable. He really is – and good, well done to him. I mean, he’s – you can’t argue with the status he has in life. But for me, it would have pleased me more to see him be a great, great player, you know? But how can I argue with life? He’s an icon for young people… and represents himself the proper way. And I say: ‘Well done.’”

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  1. tony says:

    the man from london who loves united.lots of good memoreies with becks

  2. bengoshi says:


  3. Giles Oakley says:

    I’m glad Fergie now shows the generosity of spirit to acknowledge the merit in what David Beckham has done in life. It seems any lingering tensions and hostility between them has gone, which is how it should be. Let’s rememeber all the great free-kick goals and crosses David delivered for United. His role in the Treble and in many other trophies should never be forgotten.

  4. Haiku says:

    Slightly off topic here …

    but increasingly I am having trouble reading the great articles / posts on R.O.M due to the increasing number of ‘Pop-Up Adverts’ that are spreading all over the screen. There is no way to get rid of them!

    I realise this great site needs some sort of funding as you do offer a wonderful, free service to United fans but is there not a way to configure these adverts so they are not spread all over the actual text of the articles and flashing on and off?

  5. scholes says:

    great fan of becks. for a cockney, his love for united was unparalleled. stuck with united though his granddad tried hard for tottenham.

    apart from all of his incredible attributes, stand out was stamina. he could run and run but seldom purposelessly. he was everywhere if united was losing

    becks has still lot to offer to united, not least of which is one of his son.


  6. UTD1999 says:

    Becks is a UTD legend in my eyes, pity he didn’t do what Scholes, Giggs & G Nev did & that’s stay at UTD until he finally hung up his boots.

  7. unitedforeva says:

    If only Mrs. Beckham will smile more in the media pictures taken, all would have been forgiven. I can’t bloody know why she does not smile!!!!!?????

  8. Nesh says:

    great fan of becks too i was ready to bet anything that there is no way we wld have sold him to the Virus then…my bad then, I had forgotten who was boss!

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Lovely comments from Fergie “Well done” to Becks! Ha.

  10. Markowire says:

    Becks was a great player for United. I wish he did stay around with us longer but it wasn’t meant to be. Becks Loves United. I would prefer him at United as a coach rather than Phil Neville.

  11. mjcRED says:

    I thinks its great that in that side consisting of Becks and Scholes, they were both United through and through, despite the huge difference of personalities and the lifestyle sought away from the game.

    It would be great one day if Becks could take up a role akin to the role of Zidane at Madrid. thinking about the big influence he played in attracting Bale,he would certainly give much needed ‘pull’ when attracting players.

    Until Moyes convinces the fans and players with the direction he wants to take the club and is able to build his own reputation to a level befitting of a club this size, transfer windows like the one just gone might be a twice a season comedy caper special.

  12. King Eric says:

    Loved Becks. Top lad and worked his socks off . Integral to our best period. THE best taker of set pieces we have had, better than Ronnie. Great crosser of ball, worked tirelessly up wing.

  13. King Eric says:

    scholes – Becks DID go to Spurs for a while before he was spotted by our South coach. Loved United and would still be here if not for meeting his Mrs.


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