David Beckham a Manchester United Legend

Although David Beckham was part of the class of 92 that took football by storm in 90’s and early 2000’s he was actually born and raised in London. However, his roots and love for Manchester United were instilled from an early age as the club was passionately supported by his family. As he got older and began catching the eye of a few clubs especially after attending a football school ran by Bobby Charlton his footballing ability meant he was a hot prospect.

Both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were vying for his signature and it left Beckham with the choice of the South or the North. Beckham, of course, joined Manchester United and joined up with the likes of Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs in the youth set-up. They formed a unique bond and won a string of reserve trophies including the FA Youth Cup. Following a brief loan spell with Preston North End, Beckham finally was promoted to the first team alongside the other members of the Class of 92 and this provoked much criticism from the media as Sir Alex Ferguson entrusted the kids rather than bringing in marquee signings.

This turned out to be another masterclass from Ferguson as the side went on to win the Premier League and FA Cup in that season. Throughout his time at the club, Beckham was a masterful right midfielder who was deadly with Free Kicks and his crosses combined with vision created an abundance of chances for his teammates to get on the end of. He also scored some eye-catching long-range strikes that added to his phenomenon most famously his halfway strike at Wimbledon caught the eye of the nation even being named in the top 100 Greatest Sporting Moments by Channel 4.

He collected a compelling list of awards at United both with the team as he helped clinch six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League and at an individual level winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year as well as coming runner-up in the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 1999. As Beckham surged into the British and world limelight his every move was analysed and it became far more than just about his football.

Towards the back-end of his career at Old Trafford, the media began to push the story that his Celebrity wife had become a bad influence and this seemed to begin his departure at the club an idea reiterated by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2007, stating that:

“He was never a problem until he got married,” and that “He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part.”

It was his rise to household name status that ultimately led to his career at Old Trafford coming to an end and although his time at the club begun his metameric rise to stardom it was also his passionate relationship with England that helped forge his legacy.

His time with England had the extreme lows and the extreme highs, the death threats he received following a red card against Argentina in second round of the 1998 World Cup could have spelt the end for most players but he fought on and ended at the time the most capped outfield player in the country’s history with 115 appearances only to be surpassed by fellow Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney. One of his most famed highlights was the perfect free kick he famously whipped in against Greece to secure World Cup qualification at Old Trafford.

His life after Manchester United has been just as rewarding. Following his departure from the club he had successful periods at Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy. It was his spell in America that convinced him to pour more of his time and effort into founding an MLS team in Miami. Which is aiming to be established into the MLS in 2020. Beckham is almost certainly one of the most popular and well know icons in the UK and perhaps the world having careers as a footballer and a celebrity particularly featuring in the world of fashion.

Ultimately, he really is a true legend of the club and is met with great applause and rapture whenever he returns to the club and whilst globally he may be remembered for differing reasons he was forged at Manchester United a club that has a special place in his heart.

Written by Josh Keifer

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