David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson ‘to reunite’ for exhibition match in Australia

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David Beckham could play under Sir Alex Ferguson in a special Manchester United charity match in Australia later this year.

This is according to reports in Australia, per the Mirror, which claim that Beckham is close to agreeing a deal to play in the exhibition game scheduled for either October or November.

Ferguson has been tipped to manage the United team, while the Sydney Morning Herald report that Ryan Giggs, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also feature.


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Beckham left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2003 after falling out with Ferguson.

Ferguson, who retired in 2013, famously hit Beckham with a boot during one particular dressing-room meltdown after an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. It was a complete accident but the incident did little to help the relationship between the two men at the time.

Fergie reveals story behind Beckham boot incident

”He was around 12 feet from me,” Ferguson revealed in his most-recent autobiography. “Between us on the floor lay a row of boots. David swore. I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye.

"Of course he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him. 'Sit down,' I said. 'You've let your team down. You can argue as much as you like.’”

However, Ferguson and Beckham have patched up their relationship since then.

Beckham and Fergie get on fine these days

Beckham has never been anything but respectful of his former manager since leaving Old Trafford and a healthy mutual respect now exists between them.

Even when Ferguson controversially said he only managed four world-class players during his 26 years with the Red Devils - Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo - Beckham sided with his old boss.

Asked if he was insulted by his omission, Beckham was quoted by BBC News as saying: “Not at all.

"I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to play with the players I did and be successful with the club that I loved 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.

"I'm proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I'm proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team."

UNICEF charity match last November

Two months later, in November 2015, Ferguson and Beckham linked up for a special UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford.

It now seems their next reunion will be later this year Down Under.

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