David Beckham is set to put his football boots back on again as he makes a return to Old Trafford.
The BBC on Friday said the team will take on a world team captained by France legend Zinedine Zidane at Old Trafford ground on November 14, reports Xinhua.
The midfielder went on to captain England and play for Real Madrid, the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan before ending his career at Paris Saint-Germain in May 2013. We’d never even think about having a little glass of wine or beer [as players] in front of him but the other day someone handed me a glass of wine and I was talking to him [Ferguson] for 20 minutes with the wine hidden behind my back.
The event will be separate to the biannual charity football match Soccer Aid, which was created by Robbie Williams and also raises money for UNICEF.
In 2003, Beckham was sold for £25 million to Real Madrid after Ferguson kicked a boot that hit the player above the left eye.
The game is Beckham’s latest UNICEF initiative after 11 years as a goodwill ambassador.
“I owe Manchester United so much for this, what they’ve done to involve themselves in this and bring themselves into something that’s so special to me is wonderful”. “He’s like a father figure for me and he gave me the chance to play for Manchester United, he’s kind of God”.
But the pair are now very much on good terms, and Beckham revealed that he personally picked up the phone to get his former boss involved in the “Match for Children”.
“So to have Sir Alex Ferguson involved in this is something that I could only dream of and I really wanted to thank him for being part of this”.
“It’s the weekend between global games so I can’t have worldwide players there unfortunately – but there will be a lot of top players there. Carlo Ancelotti is the (manager) of that team as well and I can’t believe it, but Sir Alex Ferguson is the (manager) of my team”. Last year, he became the first man to win the Champions League/European Cup twice as a player and three times as a manager.