David Beckham unfazed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘world-class’ omission

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has admitted he agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertion that he was not a world-class player.

Ferguson, in his new book Leading, claimed that the only world-class players he coached during his time at Old Trafford were Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.

However, Beckham insisted he was not insulted by Ferguson’s list.

When asked if he was offended, Beckham said: ”Not at all. I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to play with the players I did and be successful with the club that I loved and still love.

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“I tend to agree with the manager. There’s certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them. I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team.”

‘World-class’ is a vague term and one that can differ depending on the individual.

Ferguson had a number of talented players during his time in charge of the club but perhaps some stood out more than others due to their character or work ethic on top of their obvious ability. Beckham was an incredible player who contributed to a wonderful treble in 1999 and supporters still hold him in high regard despite Ferguson’s list.

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