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?