It’s not only Fabio – Fergie also backs Beck­ham

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES - BOB CASS

MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son is cer­tain that his for­mer star David Beck­ham will be in­volved in the World Cup at the age of 35.

But Fer­gu­son is de­ter­mined that, what­ever form and match fit­ness his for­mer pro­tege will need to achieve to im­press Capello enough, he will not get it play­ing for AC Mi­lan in the later stages of the Cham­pi­ons League.

Fer­gu­son will lay down the wel­come mat on March 10 when Beck­ham, in his sec­ond spell on loan with Mi­lan, re­turns to Old Traf­ford for the sec­ond leg of their quar­ter-fi­nal for the first time at club level since he left nearly seven years ago. But that is as far as it goes.

“David is sure of a tremendous re­sponse from United fans,” said Fer­gu­son.

“They all recog­nise his con­tri­bu­tion at the club and what he has done since, es­pe­cially with Eng­land. I have fol­lowed his ca­reer, as I do with any player who leaves United. It is no sur­prise to me that he is still play­ing at the high­est level even when, at one time, that looked un­likely dur­ing his fi­nal months at Real Madrid. Go­ing to play in Amer­ica might not have been the best thing but it hasn’t held him back. He’s done re­ally well.”

Beck­ham made a good start to his loan spell with Mi­lan in front of Capello, play­ing in the 5-2 de­feat of Genoa and then help­ing them see off ti­tle ri­vals Ju­ven­tus 3-0. – Daily Mail

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