By Toby Prince
Retired England footballer, David Beckham, insists that he took no offence to Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertion that he only worked with four world-class players during his time at Manchester United.
Beckham was left out by the Scot when he named the best players he worked with and the former England skipper agreed with his former manager.
Ferguson, speaking ahead of the launch of his latest book, claimed that Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo were the only truly elite players to play for him at Old Trafford.
Beckham famously fell out with Ferguson prior to his move to Real Madrid in 2003 – with the Scot kicking a boot that hit him in the face – but he has now revealed that he agrees with his former manager.
When asked if he was hurt by Ferguson’s claim, he told the BBC: “Not at all. I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to have played with the players I did and the team and be successful with the club that I loved and still love.
“I tend to agree with the manager, there are certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them.”
Beckham won six Premier League titles during his time at United, along with two FA Cups and the Champions League, while also playing for the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan and PSG, but he has laughed off the suggestion that he was as good as Ronaldo.
“No, I was lucky enough to play against Cristiano and I was also lucky enough to play with Brazilian Ronaldo for four years,” he added.
“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.”