Neville hopes Beckham attends Testimonial

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville is hopeful that David Beckham will attend his testimonial on May 24th, so that the class of '92 can be reunited at their old pitch once more.

"I couldn't ask for more than to have all my friends back for one last time," said Neville.

"It will make the night even more special for me and I hope the fans will enjoy seeing them back too.

"They were special times for us, we were young lads fulfilling our wildest dreams and hopefully we will get to experience that again against Juventus."


Manchester United played Juventus in the semi final of the Champions League in 1999. Though the Old Lady were favourites, United won 3-2 and went on to win the European trophy, and the elusive treble.

Sir Alex Ferguson says that working with Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and other United superstars was a great period in his coaching career, and a definite highlight in the successful time Ferguson has had in English football.

"One of the greatest privileges of being a manager is playing a part in the development of young players - watching them grow in confidence and ability," Ferguson said.

"I have been fortunate to work with many exceptional young players, but the class of 92 was unique.

"For so many of them to stay together and succeed at the highest level is a great tribute to their talent and this club's belief in the power of youth.

"I am convinced that no group of players will ever make such an impact on the English game as those boys have done - and continue to do."

If Beckham does make the trip out to Old Trafford for the testimonial, it will be the first time he has donned a Manchester United shirt in nine years.

While there is an LA Galaxy game the next day, Beckham hasn’t yet turned down the invitation to attend Neville’s send off, and after Neville was best man at Beckham’s wedding, pundits are predicting that the English superstar will make every effort possible to be there for his close friend.

The Gary Neville testimonial is on Tuesday, May 24, with kick-off at 7.30pm. Manchester United will be taking on 1999 Champions League semi final rivals Juventus.

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