Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham admitted playing against his former side Manchester United on Wednesday was difficult.Beckham spent 10 years with the Old Trafford outfit and was an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 Champions League winning side, before leaving England for stints at Real Madrid, AC Milan and now Los Angeles.
Beckham played for the MLS All Stars side which was thrashed 4-0 by United in a friendly on Wednesday, the first time he has played against his former side.
“It’s always going to be emotional coming up against Manchester United,” Beckham said. “It’s always difficult as well.”
“So obviously to play against Manchester United still with Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, still with some of the players that I played with and the fans I played in front of for many years – it’s emotional.”
Beckham also made special mention of Ferguson, singing the praises of the man who was so influential over the early years of his career.
“I had many years and many successful years playing for Manchester United and playing under Sir Alex Ferguson,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for him because he gave me a chance when I was 16, 17-years-old and he had the faith to give youngsters a chance so I owe him a lot.”
“He was a father figure to me for many years.”