Manchester United and England legend David Beckham was praised by Sir Alex Ferguson in his recent interview with American broadcaster Charlie Rose.

Beckham, who played for the Red Devils between 1995 and 2003, retired last season after six months in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

England's most capped outfield player left United in acrimonious fashion after a falling out with Ferguson, the then manager. Things came to a head when Ferguson kicked a boot in anger after United's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup, it hit Beckham in the head and broke the skin. Beckham, in a predictably provocative response, wore a headband that further revealed the stitched up cut above his left eyebrow.

However, in the interview with Rose which was featured in the Telegraph, the Scot lavished praise on his former player.

"He is an amazing boy,” Ferguson said. “I mean how he has created himself. He’s an icon for young people. He’s fantastic, a wonderful boy. He always had a lovely smile, you know, and he always presents himself well, but as a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was to play some of the best football. He was a fantastic trainer, practised all the time and at night-time, he would come by with the schoolboys and practise with them."

After the pair's falling out, Beckham moved to Real Madrid in a £24.5m deal; his relationship with Sir Alex had come to a bitter conclusion.

Ferguson has since indicated that his problem with Beckham arose when he met Victoria Adams from the Spice Girls, the woman he subsequently married. Ferguson again reiterated his feelings in the interview with Rose, "his life changed, when he married the girl from The Spice Girls and his focus changed.He got drawn into that celebrity status, you know? And for me, I'm a football man." He lost the focus, but when we sold him to Real Madrid, he did well.”

Later in the interview, the Scot said "he’s unbelievable. He really is – and good, well done to him. I mean, he’s – you can’t argue with the status he has in life. But for me, it would have pleased me more to see him be a great, great player, you know? But how can I argue with life? He’s an icon for young people... and represents himself the proper way. And I say: ‘Well done.’ ”

In recent years, Beckham has professed his admiration and affection for his former manager, calling him a "father figure". Indeed, the Scot set up Beckham for a phenomenal footballing career and the superstar always made the most of his opportunities.

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