Arguably world football’s biggest name, David Beckham is a global phenomenon but a part of him will be forever Red.
A decade spent marauding up United’s right wing contributed to the most successful period in the club’s history, and his 57-yard strike against Wimbledon has become one of the most replayed goals of all time. He followed in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Bryan Robson by becoming captain of England, and has also become the only England player to score in three different World Cup finals.
The story began in July 1991 when a lifelong United fan moved north from Leytonstone to sign
apprentice forms for the Reds. He formed part of the Class of ‘92 that won the FA Youth Cup along with Butt, Scholes and the Nevilles but had to wait for his league debut - at home to Leeds United on 2 April 1995. The departure of Andrei Kanchelskis freed up a place of the right of midfield, and Beckham made it his own. Bagging the winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea proved he was a man for the big occasion, and the season ended with United winning a second Double.
Beckham began the 1996/97 campaign with THAT goal from the halfway line at Selhurst Park and a month later began his England journey with a debut