“It’s an unbelievable thing to have him involved in his“.
“Me, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes all said the same thing, we all hid the glass of wine behind our back”.
Sir Alex Ferguson will manage the GB&I team with Beckham as captain it has been announced, while the Rest of the World outfit will be managed by Carlo Ancelotti and captained by Zinedine Zidane.
The game is taking place at Old Trafford where Beckham became a global star under Ferguson before leaving in 2003.
Beckham, 40, will captain a Great Britain team which will be managed by Ferguson, 12 years after the former England skipper left Manchester United for Real Madrid in a £25 million deal after making 394 appearances for the Red Devils.
It will be the first time the retired Scot has returned to the dugout since calling time on his 26-year reign as manager in 2013.
“It’s the weekend between worldwide games so I can’t have global players there unfortunately – but there will be a lot of top players there”.
“If you look at the time I was at for United for 27 years, I had a few fantastic players, a few great players”.
“He could be a top manager”.
Two years have passed since Fergie took his leave of the United helm after 26 years with the club, but the locals will be delighted to see their hallowed former leader return for a one-off fixture. He’s learned from Sir Alex over the years, now Louis van Gaal.
The 73-year-old’s footballing knowledge is of course extraordinary, and he of course has his own reasons for his decisions but for a few it will always be bewildering as to why the likes of Roy Keane or Peter Schmeichel were omitted, spats with the Republic of Ireland assistant manager aside.
“He’s got that appreciation and understanding of Manchester United, he’d be flawless to step in”.
“I have to do my best for my players’ sake”. I never said those players were not great, they were fantastic.