Bring back Becks

December 22, 2010 Tags: Opinion 27 comments

In the spirit of the Christmas there is but one present Sir Alex Ferguson can deliver: bring back a lost son, (Sir) David Beckham. After all the player has consistently stated his love for the club and this loyalty to United, at a time and age when offers might be limited from top European clubs. It is to be greatly lauded.

Meanwhile, murmurs of discontent among Manchester United supporters about the continuous arrival of generations of unknown child prodigies, who usually get released into the slums of the football league or the murky depths of continental football, continue.

Yet Beckham, who has no doubt received offers from many English clubs, including Everton and Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester globetrotters professes his continued love for the club.

For the Los Angeles Galaxy star it is simple – “I am Manchester United fan” and consequently he can “only play for Manchester United.”

In England at least.

“I have always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it eight years ago,” said Beckham, as he picked up the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday night.

“It’s a great league and one of the most competitive in the world.

“Maybe one day I will come back here but I have always said that it will only be for Manchester United. I am not holding my breath on that one, but we will have to wait and see.

“For me, the best manager in football is Sir Alex Ferguson, who I still regard as a father figure after so many years.”

It is easy to discredit Beckham’s desire to return home of course. But, arguably, the 35-year-old could still command a role in the present United side where his creative instincts in central midfield – the role he grew up playing – or the tried and tested right-wing berth could come in useful.

Beckham’s prospective arrival is be all the more relevant given the departure of Park Ji-Sung for seven weeks to the Asian Cup, coupled with Antonio Valencia’s ongoing injury. Despite his age Beckham’s quality service would undoubtedly be welcomed by United’s strikers.

Despite what many will say about the current level of Beckham’s play in the United States – and his age – the Londoner would, for the first time in years, offer the Reds genuine set piece quality, rather than the lottery of Nani’s dead ball delivery. And in Paul Scholes’ and Ryan Giggs’ continued absence, Beckham might still supply a creative spark.

Any loan deal will come with Beckham’s large wage packet of course but a move could still make strong commercial sense given the global profile the player still commands. It’s a fact team Glazer will no doubt approve of.

Of course, it’s easy to write off the argument as emotionally charged. But, with a hint of realism, Beckham’s re-signing even in the short term makes more sense than say the Spaniard Joaquin, who was recently linked with a move to Old Trafford in the gossip pages. Where imports may flop, Beckham will succeed.

This Christmas lets wish upon a Beckham return to the club where it all began. Wouldn’t you like to see the golden boys run out at Old Trafford once more?

In David’s words perhaps we shouldn’t hold our breath but maybe Santa will bring fans the best present this year.


Triggs - December 22, 2010 Reply

Christ no.

Jay Shon - December 22, 2010 Reply

Well there is a precedent of a similar deal in Henrik Larsson.

Still remains highly unlikely given that there are still many players within the United squad who can replicate what Scholes does.

People sometimes overplay Scholes’ importance to the squad – even in 4-4-2, he plays more as a deep-lying passer than a proper creative midfielder. Very little of creativity comes from the middle nowadays – a problem that needs to be fixed by bringing in and playing a proper creative midfielder and not by imposing greater responsibility to “passers.”

gabagool - December 22, 2010 Reply

@ Jay Shon
“People sometimes overplay Scholes’ importance to the squad”


MUFC Realist - December 22, 2010 Reply

@Jay Shon

I’m struggling to understand how you can compare Paul Scholes in such a whimsical fashion to “many players within the Utd squad”… You will struggle to find a premier league Manager that would turn down his signature… His composure, highly developed technical foresight and almost indescribable vision for passes is incomparable to many players in the world, let alone our current squad. Have another think about what you’ve just said. The man is a legend. “Rant over”

RedScot - December 22, 2010 Reply

Cmon lads, read the first few lines on the article! The spirit of Christmas.
this is a pisstake to get drunken buggers like you and me imagine when he was at United delivering fantastic crosses to the danger area for the like of Cole, Yorke to nod away.
I see him in the hospitality suites at Old Trafford.
No Golden balls, some Jews might grab them. Fuck me more sponsorship!If only he was ugly like Tevez.”Sir ALEX to Tevez.I gotta let you go son, yer no sellin shirts!

Spike - December 22, 2010 Reply

Only as a trainer for the young uns.
Bring back Keano, Butty and Schmichel as well, ffs

laychiluh - December 22, 2010 Reply

I would love to see my idol at OT, please SAF, bring becks back to home…….

uncleknobheadforfucksake - December 22, 2010 Reply

what is the point of these two cocks redscot and jay shon, they’re an embarrassment

Ed - December 22, 2010 Reply

knob – come now, play nice

mongoletsi - December 22, 2010 Reply

What, because they have an opinion you disagree with? Yeah mate, you don’t come across like an opinionated nobend who’s in love with his own internet identity. Not at all.

Ted Perechalli - December 22, 2010 Reply

Bringing back Beckham makes a lot of sense. He is a lifelong fan of Manchester United and has done well whenever he donned the Manchester United jersey. What we have seen him perform, after leaving Manchester United, at Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy, will be eclipsed by what he will do when he returns. Let’s have him back!

Anna Philippou - December 22, 2010 Reply

Scholes is a master no doubt about it guys if he had a not too decent year you would all be moaning about getting rid of him….why is no one ranting over Roo having a lousy year since April so much as if Berba has one bad game or does not score…some of you fans make me laugh…..I support Roo and all of them through good and bad times….and as for Becks he is a credit to the Club and the country and faithful to us like no other.

How many sides has he turned down to hope he comes back for a very short loan to Man Utd…SHORT LOAN thats all,
and others

Get real he’s only 35 2 years younger than my idol Giggsy he was kicked out for nothing just the media circus and was devasted …grant the man his wish …one day he will be back anyway in some role or even buy the club himself with a consortium knowing David and his love for this club.

And don’t tell me it’s cos Im a woman and I fancy him I admire his passion and desire and his compassion as a human being and his great love for Man Utd.

I have been a supported since I was walking around 40 years so I know what it feels like to love Man Utd and exactly how David feels.

WE ARE NOT HAVING HIM IN THE TEAM FOR GOOD JUST A SMALL LOAN FOR GOD’S SAKE…what is wrong with that Laarrson did a terrific job.

No offence to anyone but I needed to get this off my chest after a bad day of arguing over him yesterday on Facebook and Twitter.

Anna Philippou - December 22, 2010 Reply

bring back becks join the page

Anna Philippou - December 22, 2010 Reply

thanks for this article yesterday someone pissed me off so much they said we should dig George Best out his grave and bring Bobby and Nobby back too and loads more abusive remarks that’s football fans I suppose.

Tired Red - December 22, 2010 Reply

No. Bye Bye Becks. Thanx for memory.
He’s nothing more than a boring poser now.

But Fergie can bring back Ronnie any day for me.
Better poser.. and better player.

Spike - December 22, 2010 Reply

Unknown word for Knobby…he looks in the mirror mornings and wishes he was dead.
but he’s our Knobheadffs
A Ranter…end of.

sheesh - December 22, 2010 Reply

Beckham has been the most consistent (and the best) crosser of a ball I have ever seen and there is not a single United player I have seen who has been anywhere near as consistent as he was.

Nor has there been a better set piece taker.

On that basis alone, and given that he’s played for AC Milan not all that long ago and can hack it in Europe, I would have him back… definitely.

kramer - December 22, 2010 Reply

ffs no. the club is supposed to look forward, not daydream about bringing back ex-players partly out of sentiment.

Just1n - December 22, 2010 Reply

is it April 1st already?

Surely this article is a fucking joke.

phil - December 22, 2010 Reply

why not though?

on a loan deal he could really add something to the squad, then we wouldnt have to deal with his retirement saga. the perfect remedy as he would fit into the squad perfectly

Dan - December 22, 2010 Reply

it’s all a bit of christmass spirit, but a surprisingly valid option

SKW - December 22, 2010 Reply

The last thing this team needs is the all-about me ego fest that is currently David Beckham. And should I mention he hasn’t played a decent game of football in years?

mongoletsi - December 22, 2010 Reply

If you did mention it, you’d be wrong.

uncleknobheadforfucksake - December 22, 2010 Reply

that’s more like it mongo

sidney - December 22, 2010 Reply

We really need a United game to happen

Just1n - December 23, 2010 Reply

Nothing like developing youth by bringing back Beckham. Im sure he would do well in the hurly burly of the modern premier league. Hell we can keep him for the 10 minute world class cameo he will provide on a weekly basis. You know the same cameo that Scholes and Giggs provide.


The pensioners can fuck right off.

GeorgiaJon - December 23, 2010 Reply


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