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Beckham to return to United?


With Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes returning to the scenes of their greatest triumphs, what price another short spell at Manchester United for Golden Balls himself?

After enjoying the most successful period of his career at Manchester United, Becks parted company with his favourite club after a now infamous spat with Sir Alex Ferguson in which the fiery Scot somehow contrived to hit the England midfielder on the bonce with a football boot.

The impressively dignified Englishman has stated many times, since his departure from Old Trafford, that Manchester United holds a special place in his heart and that he would find it almost impossible to play for another English club. So in these times of apparent prudence and returning heroes, is it so outlandish to speculate about David Beckham’s possible return to Manchester United? The swansong to end all swansongs?

It does seem highly improbable of course, but the more you think about it the more sense it seems to make – in the short term anyway. If David Beckham does decide to continue his career in America, he still has two months of close season to twiddle his thumbs. Meanwhile, Manchester United continue to suffer a patent paucity of manpower in the middle and are still in need of a lift, despite the somewhat dubious victory over arch rivals Manchester City at the weekend. Bringing Beckham back to the club might just give a team in transition the sort of lift they need to stagger to the title, before regrouping in the summer.

In pure football terms, Becks is past his pomp but he’s still a class act and this dream move would certainly keep the lactic acid from his legs for a few more months. In his heyday at Manchester United, David Beckham was a box to box, lung-bursting footballer who combined inordinate ahtleticism with a deftness of touch more commonly associated with players from Latin America, France or Spain. He has lost much of that energy but his touch is as good as ever and, if moved into the middle of the park, he may still offer an incisiveness and creativity that United have missed since the days of , er, Scholes and Beckham.

Many onlookers and pundits feel that United lack energy and muscle in midfield but what they really need is a pass master – someone to keep hold of the ball, control possession and provide better service to the front men than is currently on offer. Paul Scholes could well provide some of that but how much fun would it be to see Giggs, Scholes and Beckham, the swash-bucklong 90’s United triumvirate, rotating in the creative midfield birth? Carrick could play alongside a different one each week, to give defensive balance to that area of the team. It would certianly lift the gloom at a club who’s fans have become spoilt by success to the point that second place feels like relegation. A three month party where titles are forgotten and voices are lost in a wall of sound that commemorates the days when these three footballers destroyed everything in their wake.

Sir Alex Ferguson has stated time and again that he won’t be rushed into the market, especially in the winter window. He refuses to panic buy and won’t invest unless he is sure that the incoming player is better than what he already has. A sensible philosophy when such footballers are available. But at a time when one might argue (certainly Fergie does) that there is a dearth of top talent at affordable rates, wouldn’t David Beckham be the perfect short term answer to a midfield conundrum that threatens to wreck Manchester United’s title challenge?

I think I know what David Beckham would say if he were given the opportunity to return to Manchester United for one last time in his playing career. So it’s up to you Fergie. Shouldn’t David Beckham be given the fitting send off that he always deserved whilst perhaps improving Manchester United’s title credentials?



  1. joe

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    no,get real beckhams legs are gone years ago

  2. Bred Red

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Could work. Give the Greedy Glazers chance to find a few of their Scrooged away dollars to buy a decent attacking midfielder. Beck’s touch has not deserted him, yes he’s slower but his brain can make up for a lack in speed. However can Fergie see his way clear to call David back?

  3. johnny

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    love to see beckham back,hope so it wil come true…

  4. Shokadeaxx

    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    The mere thought of becks returning 2 mufc leaves licking my lips

  5. Shokadeaxx

    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Ha ha ‘utd fans have been spoilt by success that 2nd place feels like relegation’ certainly true

  6. rajesh

    Jan 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    david beckham is a gteat player il be very happy see him back in man utd

  7. Brimish Bah

    Jan 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I will love to see Beckham back at mufc hope it come true

  8. Brimish Bah

    Jan 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I will also happy if Fargie can bring in Shaqiri

  9. Kabiru musa

    Jan 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    think david can help the team alot if henry can do it for arsenal and sir alex is not redy to sign david should come and help in that midfiel.

  10. hugh

    Jan 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Don’t think it will happen

  11. hugh

    Jan 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I would like to see Ganso sign though

  12. Vinay

    Jan 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    that’ll b really great to see becks back but is he still the same or he’s going to spoil his star rep……. anyways there’s lot of players like Shakiri and even Hazard it’s players like this who can provide instant change to the playing stile so Mr Glazer please put ur hands in ur pocket and take ur wallet out.

  13. Harold Bishop

    Jan 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I´ve been saying this for months….Just the commercial value of the deal makes it work for me…He would deliver on and off the pitch

  14. Tim

    Jan 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    What a great move this wud be he loves utd and he still wud deliver the quality ball into the box which wud equall goals.Utd wud make a packet off shirt sales too!!!!

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