David Beckham has vowed to follow in the footsteps of another Manchester United legend if he scores against his former club at Old Trafford.
Denis Law famously refused to celebrate scoring a backheel for Manchester City against United in 1974, believing his goal had relegated his old employers.
Beckham, who won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one Champions League trophy with United, makes his first competitive return to the stadium with AC Milan in March.
But if the on-loan Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder is on the scoresheet in the Champions League tie, he won't rub it in.
He said: 'It's going to be a weird feeling playing against United at Old Trafford but I am ready for it now.
'Over the years, when I was at Real Madrid, I always hoped I would go back but there was something inside me saying "it wouldn't be right at the moment".
'I always felt I wasn't quite ready to go back but as soon as I found out about the Champions League draw last month, it felt right.
'The thing is with Manchester United and AC Milan, they have terrific respect for each other. That's between the managers, the players, the fans and the clubs.
'Emotionally, it is going to be very difficult after not playing there for seven years. But it is something I can't wait for now. To be back in that stadium will be fantastic.
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'I wouldn't celebrate if I scored. It would take me a split second to compose myself and remind myself I couldn't celebrate because when you score a goal, it's a rush and it's an instinct to celebrate. But if it happened at Old Trafford, I would curb that instinct.
'We have definitely got a chance against them. We have got some great players in this Milan team. We have got one of the most exciting young players in the world at the moment in Pato.
'He's the closest to the Brazilian Ronaldo or to Lionel Messi that I have seen. If all of our players are fit, it's going to be tough but it's possible that we can get a result.'
Beckham had 10 years at Old Trafford before leaving in 2003 for Real Madrid and then on to the MLS.
He is now in his second loan spell with Serie A giants Milan and will return to the Galaxy when his deal expires.
But the 34-year-old England midfielder would love to end his playing days back in the red of Manchester United.
'I don't think it would ever happen but if I could finish my career at Old Trafford it would be amazing,' he added in the Daily Mirror. 'It would be kind of perfection.
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'I always dreamt of playing for Manchester United and staying there and never leaving. Obviously, circumstances dictated that didn't happen.
'But if ever a chance came up to go back and I doubt it ever will, then of course I'd take it. You always look at ending your career on a high and the majority of times it doesn't happen.'
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