Manchester United hero David Beckham has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson forced him to shave off his famous mohawk prior to the 2000 Community Shield clash against Chelsea.
Former England captain Beckham, a trendsetter whose haircuts were often front-page news during his pomp, infuriated Ferguson after turning up to Wembley with his mohawk - and was told in no uncertain terms by the fiery Scot to lose it.
Beckham, keen to avoid being dropped for the 2000-01 season curtain-raiser, was subsequently forced to get the razor out in the Wembley Stadium toilets.
Beckham reveals all
"I was in the dressing room with an hour to go before kick off when Sir Alex Ferguson saw it and made me shave it off," Beckham reveals in an interview to appear on Friday's Graham Norton Show, according to the Mirror.
"I said no at first and then I saw his face change very quickly so I went and shaved it off in the toilet. He was very strict.
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"It was the reputation of the club, he wanted all the players to look professional and he felt it wasn’t the right look. We were playing at Wembley too, so he kind of had a point!"
Beckham regrets cornbraids haircut
Beckham also revealed that he regrets his decision to get cornbraids shorty before meeting a certain Nelson Mandela.
On his variety of haircuts, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star added: "Some of them have been really bad – I hadn’t thought them through.
"The topknot wasn’t too bad but the cornbraids were a bad decision. It was bad timing as well as I was going to South Africa at the time with England and ended up meeting Nelson Mandela so that’s why I regret that one."
Beckham is underrated - he was a great player
Beckham is one of the most famous footballers of all time - arguably more celebrity than sportsman in the eyes of the general public - but that shouldn't take away from the fact he was a superb player at his peak.
You don't play for Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan unless you have talent and a serious will-to-win. Beckham possessed both in abundance.
Furthermore, few players - if any - have been more lethal from dead-ball situations.
Beckham racked up the assists wherever he went during his career thanks to his set-piece prowess, while you can watch 10-minute compilation videos on YouTube of his best free-kick goals.
He should have spent his whole career with United
Despite his worldwide fame, Beckham has always remained modest and grounded, and continues to impress off the pitch following his retirement in 2013.
It's a shame for Manchester United - and Beckham himself - that his spell at Old Trafford was ended so abruptly in 2003 following a high-profile fall-out with Ferguson.
The former winger is a lifelong United fan who clearly loves the club - but, in the end, there was only room for one of Beckham or Ferguson.
And Ferguson would always - always - win.
Should David Beckham have spent his entire career with Manchester United like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville? Is he still a United legend? Have your say in the comments below!
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