Sir Alex Ferguson was a father figure to me at Man United – David Beckham
Manchester United legend David Beckham says Sir Alex Ferguson was like "a father figure" in the midfielder's Red Devils career
David Beckham has described Sir Alex Ferguson as “a father figure” in his career as the midfielder reacted to news of his former Manchester United manager’s imminent retirement.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder joined the Red Devils as an 11-year-old and went on to win six Premier League titles, the FA Cup twice and the Champions League before joining Real Madrid in 2007.
In particular, Beckham was grateful for Ferguson’s “protection” after the former LA Galaxy playmaker was sent off for a petulant kick in England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina in 1998.
The 37-year-old said via his Facebook page: “I’ve just seen the news on Sir Alex.
“As I have said many times before the boss wasn’t just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.
“Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me.
“After ’98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection.
“I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him.
“Thank you boss and enjoy the rest!”
Beckham scored 85 goals in 394 appearances for United after Ferguson handed the former England captain his United debut in a League Cup match against Brighton and Hove Albion in 1992.