Becks: I was not world class

David Beckham at Deepdale
David Beckham at Deepdale
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David Beckham agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment that he was not a “world-class” player.

The former Manchester United manager’s latest autobiography includes a claim that he managed only four players deserving of that description during his long Old Trafford reign.

Former England captain Beckham was a notable absentee from a list which comprised of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Eric Cantona.

But asked if he was “insulted” by his omission, Beckham – who spent a memorable spell on loan with Preston North End at the start of his career – said: “Not at all.

“I played for the greatest manager of all time for the amount of time that I did, I was lucky to play with the players I 
did and be successful with the club that I loved and still love.

“I tend to agree with the manager.

“There are certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them.

“I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I’m proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team.”

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