Manchester United hero David Beckham insists he is not insulted by Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that he only managed four “world-class” players during his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.
Ferguson, according to BBC Sport, named Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best players he managed at Manchester United.
The iconic Scot also reserved honourable mentions for the likes of Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney and Beckham, who told BBC’s Laura Trevelyan today that he agrees with his old manager’s controversial statement.
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When asked if he was insulted by his omission, Beckham responded by saying: “Not at all, I played under the greatest manager of all time, for the amount of time I did. I was lucky to play with the players that I did, the team, and be successful with the club that I love - and still love.
“I tend to agree with the manager. There’s certain players that you can call world class, thankfully I played with many of them.”
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Beckham: I wasn't better than Ronaldo
The magnanimous Beckham was then asked if he thought he was better than Cristiano Ronaldo, to which he replied: “No. I was lucky enough to play against Cristiano, and I was also lucky enough to play with Brazilian Ronaldo for four years.
“I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we was successful, and I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team.”
David Beckham was a top player - but world class?
David Beckham there, ladies and gentleman. A man who never seems to say the wrong thing to the press - he’s far too media-savvy for that.
But is Beckham right to agree with Sir Alex? Was he really below the world-class level, even at his peak?
It’s sometimes easy to forget, because of his worldwide fame and celebrity status, that Beckham was a magnificent footballer in his pomp.
His ability from dead-ball situations alone made him a top player, but perhaps he did fall marginally short of the quartet that Ferguson picked out.
Either way, he was still a superb player for Manchester United, whose fans will always remember their former number seven with a great deal of fondness.
Manchester United fans: was David Beckham world-class? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!