He departed in 2003 as David Beckham, Manchester United superstar, England captain and global icon, the second most recognisable foreign name in Japan after Coca-Cola.
And last night Beckham came back, back to Old Trafford, back to the ground he said he never wanted to leave. Seven years. Some itch.
Over ear, David: Beckham's Milan team-mates give him a playful tweak during a break from training at Old Trafford on Tuesday night
He ran, he stretched in the northern cold, he pointed to the Stretford End. Beckham then trained energetically in the eight-man team that included Ronaldinho and Gennaro Gattuso. That detail suggested he will start this evening. But it is unconfirmed, as they say.
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