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Becks: You don’t freak me
David Beckham says he is not 'freaked out' at the prospect of handing Manchester United a Champions League KO. Becks is due to face his old team at Old Trafford tomorrow for the first time since his acrimonious departure in 2003. It will be an emotional occasion but that will not deter him from getting new side AC Milan into the quarter-finals at the expense of the club where he grew up. Beckham, 34, said: "It was always my dream to play for Manchester United and I never thought I would play against them with a different shirt. Now I will be returning as a Milan player and it will be very emotional for me. But if I play, I won't be freaked out, I will be very excited because Old Trafford is a ground where I played for many years and I know what it'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."
Neil Custis, The Sun
Meanwhile, Beckham’s Milan teammate Ronaldinho says Milan’s task at Old Trafford on Wednesday will be “difficult, but not impossible”. The Brazilian, who starred in the first leg three weeks ago, spoke to UEFA.com and his quotes appear in today’s edition of The Mirror: “We need a positive result so we’ll be playing for the victory,” he says. “It has all the ingredients needed to be a great match.”
The same paper claims United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could yet be on the plane to South Africa for this summer’s World Cup, despite not playing any football for 18 months. “Capello will take him to South Africa if he can prove his fitness between now and when he names his provisional squad on 16 May.” Hargreaves is due to return for United’s Reserves this Thursday at Altrincham’s Moss Lane.