The two things people remember you for at the World Cup is the Colombia free-kick and the sending off against Argentina. One day you were a national hero and a few days later, you got pilloried?
Well, the World Cup started off badly for me really, then it got a lot better through scoring the free-kick, then came the sending off...
What were the few days after the Argentina game like?
To be honest, I didn't think it would be as bad as it actually got. I flew straight out to New York, which was my way of getting away from everything. But it was hard for my mum and dad. They had, like, 28 photographers camped outside the house.
It must've been horrible for them to see things like an effigy of you hung up by a noose..
I hadn't actually seen that until I watched 'The Trouble with Beckham' recently. I think that was good for me really because I feel I came out of that programme quite well. The next day, people were saying: "Well, what is the trouble with Beckham?" People are just trying to put me down but they've embarrassed themselves putting that on telly. As I said, after it, people were saying: 'Well, what is the problem? He's got a great life, he plays for Man United. Who cares?'
How soon did Alex Ferguson get in contact with you?
The next day! He just said have a break now and come back. This is where your bread and butter stuff is, at Man United. As soon as you get back here, people know you, so you can get on with it.
I've heard 'There's only one David Beckham' sang more often than ever before this season. Do you think the World Cup thing has brought you closer to Reds' fans?
Yes, definitely. Not just at the games but the mail they've sent me. That's meant a lot to me. More than anything really. There was a lot of stuff in the papers about me moving after the World Cup but I never seriously considered that. I had to wait and see really but the way the Man United fans were with me, there was no way.
The Daily Telegraph's Paul Hayward once wrote about opposition fans abusing you: 'They don't hate Beckham, they hate their own lives'..
Yes, the reason fans abuse me is because they are jealous of me, most of the time. I'm sure some of these people out on the terraces once wanted to be a footballer