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Beckham: United can rule Europe again

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David Beckham is backing Manchester United to retain their Champions League title this season.

The England midfielder believes his former club have the "strongest" team in Europe and will become the first club since AC Milan in 1990 to be European club champions in consecutive seasons.

"This season I would like to see a Manchester United v Barcelona final," said Beckham in an interview with today's Gazzetta dello Sport. "My former team-mates would win because at this time they are the strongest for any opponent. Even if Liverpool have (Steven) Gerrard, who is one of the best in the world."

Beckham, who earlier this month extended his stint on loan with Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until June, wishes he could be competing in Europe's elite club competition.

"I miss the Champions League so much," said Beckham.

Milan failed to qualify for this season's edition of the Champions League but Beckham hopes to play in the competition next term.

"That is my dream," he said.

Beckham indicated he would prefer not to go up against United if Milan were to play in the Champions League.

"It would be a problem," he said. "But if next year the final would be Milan v Manchester United, I would like to win it even if I am a United fan."

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