Former Manchester United superstar David Beckham says that he was shocked and devastated after siqgning for Real Madrid.
Beckham was one of the members of Class of ’92 who came from the Manchester United academy and went on to be great footballers. While speaking in BBC, he claims that he would have never left Manchester United.
Beckham said that there were some decisions he made which frustrated Sir Alex Ferguson. “At 41 I’d like to think that I’m more grown up and a little wiser than when I was 21. There were certain decisions I made back then that were wrong and I can see why the manager got so frustrated.”
“There was one occasion when Victoria was in Ireland. I had a day off so I flew over to Ireland. I didn’t feel I needed to tell the manager what I was doing. As I was coming back at 6am for training, I was sat in the lounge and the manager walked in. He didn’t talk to me. I knew I was in a little bit of trouble.”
“I can understand the manager then thinking, ‘OK, he’s not looking after his body,’ or ‘He’s not resting as he should do’. All the manager ever wanted was the best for the team. The best for the club and the best for the individual.”
Beckham was one of the members of the famous Class of ’92 at Manchester United which includes Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville & Nicky Butt. Each one of them achieved success personally and also with their respective clubs.
“At the time we never really felt like there was something so special going on,” Beckham said. “We had a really tough youth team manager, Eric Harrison, who kept us all in place, and then obviously we had Ferguson. We all had jobs, I cleaned eight of the first-team players’ boots. Nicky Butt cleaned the showers, Paul Scholes cleaned the toilets and the changing rooms.”
“Gary Neville and Phil would be picking the dirty kit up. But at the time, the class of 92, we didn’t think about anything other than trying to keep our place in the team and winning the youth cup if we could.”
In the early 2002-2003 season itself, there were rumours about Beckham moving out of Manchester United. In February 2003, this freak accident happened when Sir Alex kicked a boot at Beckham. But Beckham says “He could never do it again, because I have seen him in training.”
Later in 2003, Beckam’s 12 year journey with United came to an end, as he was sold to Real Madrid. “I didn’t watch Manchester United for three years (after that),” Beckham admitted, as per the Mirror. “I would never have left.”
Beckham won all major trophies with Manchester United including Premier League and Champions League. But during his 4 year spell at Real Madrid he could win just one La Liga title.