WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Becks a Red

17/05/2013 07:47

Martin Blackburn writes in The Sun...

Wherever he went, Old Trafford was his home
David Beckham played for some of the world’s top clubs in his career - but his heart always belonged to his boyhood favourites Manchester United. And even though he was hastily shown the door by Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2003, his place in Old Trafford folklore is guaranteed. The emotional welcome home he received when he returned with AC Milan three years ago said everything about his standing in the eyes of the United faithful. His 12-year stay in Manchester produced six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and that unforgettable Champions League triumph in 1999. It was also where he was happiest - because he was playing with his pals. Red Devils fans still smile when they see the iconic Fergie’s Fledglings photo of 1992 -youth-team coach Eric Harrison with a crop of youngsters who would save the club a fortune in the transfer market. And it was with Ryan Giggs, Phil and Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes that he spent the best part of a decade - picking up an impressive haul of medals along the way. During that time he scored 85 times in 394 appearances - and took his place as one of the true superstars of world football.

Outside of the many tributes to Becks, The Express links United with Benfica forward Nicolas Gaitan - but claims the Reds face competition from Bayer Leverkusen. The paper speculates that the Argentine is seen as a possible long-term replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail has written an exclusive story saying Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a £70million transfer kitty to spend this summer and he plans to use the majority of it on landing Wayne Rooney from United.

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