Hat's The Limit For Ferguson

04 Nov 2013 22:17
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<p>In his recently published autobiography, Ferguson recalled how he turned up for an away game at Leicester sensing something was wrong - then discovered Beckham was at the centre of the mystery.</p>
<p>"I noticed the press lined up on the road to Carrington," Ferguson said. "There must have been 20 photographers."</p>
<p>When Ferguson asked for the reason, it transpired Beckham was getting ready to unveil a new haircut.</p>
<p>"David turned up with a beanie hat on. At dinner that night he was still wearing it," he said.</p>
<p>Ferguson told him to take it off. Beckham refused.</p>
<p>"I was raging," he said.</p>
<p>When Beckham was still wearing the hat on his way out to warm-up at Filbert Street the following day, sparks flew.</p>
<p>"'You'll not be going out with that beanie hat on'," Ferguson recalled. "'I'll take you out of the team right now'.</p>
<p>"He went berserk. I could see him being swallowed up by the media and publicity agents."</p>
<p>According to Ferguson, it was a relationship that began to go sour when Beckham started dating a member of the Spice Girls.</p>
<p>"He fell in love with Victoria and that changed everything," said Ferguson.</p>
<p>The end came with a boot kicked by Ferguson in the home dressing room following an FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, and the axing of Beckham for the second leg of a Champions League defeat by Real Madrid in which he scored twice.</p>
<p>"David is the only player I managed who chose to be famous," said Ferguson.</p>
<p>"He thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson."</p>
<p>Against Arsenal, Ferguson blamed Beckham for not picking up Sylvain Wiltord, leading to the visitors' second goal.</p>
<p>Defeat led to a row, which escalated.</p>
<p>"David swore. I moved towards him and as I approached, I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye."</p>
<p>Beckham was summoned for a meeting the following day and offered nothing in response.</p>
<p>By the time he was left out of the Madrid game, Ferguson felt the midfielder was on his way.</p>
<p>"We made the right decision to let him go to Real Madrid," said Ferguson.</p>
<p>"We felt it was the right time. I had to think about my own control of the club and where we were going with that."</p>

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