It's no freak show! Beckham insists he'll be cool for Manchester United return

09 March 2010 02:13
Eyes on the prize: David Beckham is setting his sights on a quarter-final spot with Milan

David Beckham insists he will not be 'freaked out' by his first returnto Old Trafford since he left for Real Madrid nearly seven years ago.

The England star left his beloved Manchester United in 2003 inacrimonious circumstances after a very public falling out with boss SirAlex Ferguson.

Beckham is expected to line up for AC Milan tonight looking to beat hismentor to a place in the Champions League quarter-finals - and headmits the experience will be emotional.

'It was always my dream to play for Manchester United and I neverthought I would play against them with a different shirt,' he said. 'NowI will be returning as a Milan player and it will be very emotional forme.

'But if I play, I won't be freaked out, I will be very excited becauseOld Trafford is a ground where I played for many years and I know whatit's like to be a Manchester United player.

'I will always be a supporter of Manchester United and this will be the first time in my life I want them to lose.'

Remember me? An emotional Beckham salutes the United fans he left in 2003 to move to Real Madrid

He added: 'I know what it means for the opposition to play there. Weall know that it will be a hard game but nothing is impossible.'

Milan head into the clash 3-2 down after a first-leg home defeat andBeckham knows he will have his work cut out trying to overturn thedefecit.

Nevertheless he insists he is simply happy to be a part of thebig occasion and is relishing his reunion with the United fans.

'I am not nervous about the game but I am very happy to be going backto Manchester for the first time in seven years,' he said. 'I will getthe chance to meet up with some friends and all the people whosupported me for so many years.

'Whoever dreams about playing for United shouldn't do it for the moneybut for the honour of playing for them. That's what I wanted as a boy,it was the only club I ever wanted to play for.

'Sir Alex always gives advice to the players and is one of the bestmanagers in football. He protects his players but he made it clear tome when I was wrong.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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