Beckham envious of old friends
Manchester United legend David Beckham admits he is “jealous” of his former team-mates who are on the coaching staff at the Aon Training Complex.
Since hanging up his playing boots in May, Beckham has moved into the boardroom and last week announced plans to become a Major League Soccer franchise owner in Miami, a plan that could see him make the seldom seen transition from player to owner.
In contrast, four of his former team-mates are coaching at United with Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville both helping David Moyes with the first team, while fellow club legend Paul Scholes is also lending a hand to Nicky Butt with the club's youngsters.
During an exclusive interview with MUTV and Inside United, Beckham was asked if it makes him jealous to see his great friends coaching the Reds: “It does a little bit! When my eldest son came up here to train for a week, I saw Butty training the U21s, Phil with the first team and Scholesy with Butty.
“It’s great to see they are still part of the club and training the young kids. There is nothing better than to have players like that, who you’ve seen being successful over the years, training the young kids. That’s what Manchester United do.”
When quizzed specifically on Giggs, who is currently in the midst of his 24th season at Old Trafford, Becks continued: “I’m not jealous that he’s 40! That’s a few years away for me yet. It’s amazing what he’s achieved, and what he’s done for this club is incredible.
“The fact that he is still playing top-flight football at 40 years old – and still performing the way he’s performing – doesn’t surprise me, as I know the drive he’s got and what this club means to him. It is amazing to see.”
Of course, Giggs is the only member of the fabled ‘Class of ‘92’ who is still playing professionally and Beckham believes it will be the end of era whenever the evergreen Welshman calls a day on his illustrious, record-breaking career at the Theatre of Dreams.
“It’ll be a sad occasion, but it’ll be something to celebrate at the same time,” David explains. “He’s played for United for so many years and when he does finally finish it’ll be something to celebrate.”