Milan’s Beckham set for reunion with Utd
Seven years after leaving Manchester United, David Beckham faces
the team that turned him into a global star for the first time when
AC Milan hosts the three-time winners in the Champions League.
The England midfielder, who never faced United during four
seasons at Real Madrid, will get the opportunity during a second
loan spell at Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS.
Milan hosts United on Tuesday as the Champions League resumes
after a two-month break, with the eight first-leg matches in the
first knockout round split over two weeks.
“It’s one of the biggest games for me,” said Beckham, who won
the competition in 1999 with United. “But the most important thing
is the team going through and beating United, which I hope we do. I
don’t think it’ll be a big problem (playing United).
“Obviously there are a couple of players not there, but the
team is just the same; they’ve got this great team spirit within
the squad and that’s definitely not changed.”
Beckham left Old Trafford under a cloud in 2003 after 394
appearances in 11 years, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson frustrated
by the then-England captain’s celebrity lifestyle.
Ferguson was at the San Siro on Friday to see Beckham’s team
end a four-match losing streak by beating Udinese 3-2, and the
68-year-old Scot believes Milan is missing something since Brazil
playmaker Kaka left the club to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Real
“It’s a good time for us to be going to Milan,” said
Ferguson, whose club lost 3-0 there in 2007. “They played this
weekend, they’ve lost Kaka and have a few injuries (including
defender Thiago Silva), whereas we weren’t playing this weekend and
we have had a good rest.”
Plus United – in Beckham’s words – are “on fire” with Wayne
Rooney already netting 23 goals this season, although the Premier
League champions are behind Chelsea in the title race.
“I’ve always said that Wayne is one of the best goal scorers
in football,” the 35-year-old Beckham said of his England teammate.
“He’s proving that and he is at a great club like Manchester