A select group of men have blazed a trail through history to become Old Trafford icons. On the day a new exhibition opened at the Manchester United Museum, we salute the brilliance of David Beckham...
What set him apart? United’s crown prince of precision was a perfectionist, both on and off the pitch, and when he wasn’t inspiring the latest trend in the barbers - or on the catwalk for that matter - he was on the training ground with a bag of balls and a mission to achieve absolute accuracy. That unrivalled work ethic, of course, carried over onto the hallowed turf and perhaps defined his 11-year stay at Old Trafford, where his exploits catapulted him to global stardom. But despite fame and fortune, Becks remained humble and his iconic status in M16 is guaranteed.
Crowning glory Ever the patriot, David considers the England captaincy the pinnacle of his career, but from a domestic point of view, it’s hard to topple the heroics of ‘99. The ‘Class of 1992’ graduate helped United claim the league title, FA Cup and Champions League trophies in the space of 10 incredible days - featuring in all three decisive matches. He also supplied the crosses from which Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored on that fateful night in Barcelona.
He said “It’s always amazing wearing a United shirt, just the talk of it gives me goosebumps because United have always been my team, they’ve always been the team I have supported and it was my boyhood dream just to play for them, let alone win what I did win with them.”
We say “You look back and you think what an amazing array of caps and medals, and the longevity of his career. You speak to him and he just wants to be remembered as a hard working football player and that's what stood out.” – Gary Neville