‘David Beckham would still walk into this Manchester United team’: Fans wax lyrical about 44-year-old’s performance against Bayern Munich Legends on Old Trafford return as he shows he’s still got it
- Manchester United legends defeated Bayern Munich legends in a charity clash
- David Beckham returned to the ground where he made his name and dazzled
- The former midfielder scored the final goal in an emphatic 5-0 victory
- Fans began to wax lyrical and suggest Beckham could still play for the team
Beckham was one of several returning big names for the showpiece event, which saw a reunion of the historic Treble winning side of 1999.
The game itself was a re-run of the famous Champions League final which United won in Barcelona, and Beckham put it a performance which led many fans to suggest he could still get in the team today.
David Beckham put in an all-action performance as Manchester United legends beat Bayern
The 44-year-old scored the final goal of the game as the Red Devils took a huge 5-0 victory
Following their poor finish to the Premier League season, in which they missed out on Champions League qualification, many United supporters ended the campaign with low morale and many questions have been asked of the current crop of stars.
With wingers on the list of targets this summer, fans took to social media to compare Beckham’s ability with what is currently on offer in the side.
Ashley Young came in for criticism, with fans nothing how much his final ball delivery has dropped off in recent years.
BECKHAM AT UNITED
Appearances – 394
Assists – 152
Goals – 85
Premier League – 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03
FA Cup – 1995/96, 1998/99
Champions League – 1998/99
Community Shield – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
Intercontinental Cup – 1999
‘David Beckham would genuinely improve the right side of our attack,’ wrote one disgruntled supporter, while others noted just how many crosses he put into the box during the charity match.
After popping up in the dying moments to send the ‘keeper the wrong way to score, Beckham displayed a high level of fitness despite being away from the game for many years.
Some spectators noted Beckham’s fitness to be ‘insane,’ as others commented upon his link-up play with Gary Neville on the flank.
A clip shared online by BT Sport also quickly went viral, showing Beckham executing one of his signature 60-yard cross field passes to Paul Scholes, with his team-mates watching on in awe.
Finishing the game in style, Beckham took control of the ball in the area and committed an opponent to ground at the Stretford End.
With the goalkeeper rushing out towards him, Beckham angled to shoot across goal before rifling an effort into the top of the netting at the near post.
Beckham took his goal well, dropping his shoulder so as to wrong-foot Daniel Van Buyten
Beckham then curled the ball into the roof of the net before celebrating at the Stretford End
The former darling of Old Trafford was reunited with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson
As the crowd roared Beckham punched the air animatedly, celebrating with great enthusiasm as legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was seen smiling in the dug-out.
After leaving United Beckham made a high profile move to Real Madrid, during which he joined the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Luis Figo as one of the ‘Galacticos.’
Spells across Europe followed, in which Beckham made loan switches to AC Milan from LA Galaxy after moving Stateside, before finishing his career at Paris Saint Germain.
The Old Trafford legends match took place in order to raise money for the Manchester United foundation, more information on which can be found here.