David Beckham has backed Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop Wayne Rooney from United's clash with his former club Everton. Rooney missed the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park following newspaper revelations about his private life. The England striker and wife Coleen this week asked for and Ferguson said before yesterday's game: "We made a decision simply because he gets terrible abuse here. We don't want to subject him to that." Beckham, who made his first start for LA Galaxy for eight months in their 3-1 win over Columbus Crew yesterday, has backed his former boss to handle the situation in the right way. "Sir Alex Ferguson knows more than me and definitely knows more than anyone about his players," he said. "He has obviously made a decision what is best for for him and for his team." Beckham added: "He's definitely being looked after by the right club and the right manager and with the right people around him."He's a great footballer at the end of the day." Rooney and his wife released a statement on Friday saying the "last six days have been extremely painful for us and for our families".