Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of one of his Manchester United stars of the past is a complete contradiction to the thoughts of TV personality Piers Morgan.
The legendary manager had several world-class players across multiple teams in his 26 years as manager. Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, alongside a slew of domestic cups.
When he gives his opinion on a player, it’s usually the most important thing above all else. Not everyone agrees with the Scot, though.
TalkTV anchor Piers Morgan took aim at David Beckham while watching last year’s Super Bowl. Odell Beckham Jr. scored the winning touchdown for the Los Angeles Rams, which Morgan used to have a dig at his namesake.
“A fame-hungry snail with dumb haircuts,” is how he described ‘Golden Balls’ on Twitter. “Great to watch a Beckham who can actually play football…”
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker took exception to the criticism. He replied: “You might dislike him, for whatever reason, but David Beckham was a great footballer. One of our finest.”
“You might want to suck up to him, for whatever reason, but Beckham was the most overrated player in history,” Morgan retorted. “Wouldn’t have got onto the Arsenal Invincibles bench.”
Beckham during his time at Manchester United. (Image Credit: Alamy)What does Ferguson think about a member of his famous Class of 92? Despite his bitter exit for Real Madrid in 2003, the duo’s relationship has improved over the years.
Beckham made 388 appearances, scoring 85 goals and registering 109 assists. There’s arguably not been a better crosser of the ball at United since his departure.
Ferguson reflected on a team of his greatest players shortly after retirement and Beckham got a mention.
He said: “People ask you: ‘Who is your best Man United team?’ and it’s absolutely impossible,” he said at the time.
“It is absolutely impossible. You look at the strikers I had, going back to [Brian] McClair, [Mark] Hughes, [Andy] Cole, Cantona, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, [Louis] Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, [Dwight] Yorke, Teddy Sheringham.
Ferguson and Beckham pictured together. (Image Credit: Alamy)”Then to the present players – Wayne Rooney, [Robin] van Persie, Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. How do you pick out of that? Cantona and somebody else maybe?
“The midfield was probably a bit easier because you have [Roy] Keane, [Bryan] Robson and Scholes – they were fantastic players – and [David] Beckham, Ronaldo and [Ryan] Giggs.”