Updated: Monday, 24th June 2019 @ 5:09pm

'He was a father to me': Manchester United hero David Beckham hails bond with 'born winner' Sir Alex Ferguson

'He was a father to me': Manchester United hero David Beckham hails bond with 'born winner' Sir Alex Ferguson

By Mancunian Matters staff

The door is always open for Manchester United legend David Beckham to knock on, even if the thought of disturbing Sir Alex Ferguson was too scary.

The 37-year-old winger spent 12 years at Old Trafford and was pivotal in the famous 1992 FA Youth Cup squad – before leaving for Real Madrid in 2003.

And despite his United career ending in with a rift between himself and Ferguson – when the Scotsman famously kicked a boot at Becks and cut his eye during a particularly ferocious hairdryer moment – they still maintain a strong relationship.

"I think the manager has been so successful because he’s passionate about Manchester United and he’s a born winner,” said the former England captain. “He knows how to win games, how to handle pressure and how to look after his team and his players.

“He was like a father figure to me. I moved up from London to Manchester and he always said to me ‘if you’ve got any worries, come and knock on my door – it’s always open'.

“I was scared to go and knock on his door because of who he is but he always made me feel as if I was part of a family at Manchester United."

A special ceremony is to take place tomorrow afternoon to mark the unveiling of the statue outside the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, formerly known as the North Stand.

United have invited all of Ferguson’s captains from his 26-year reign at the club, as well as numerous influential players and figures from the game.

Having already cemented himself as the club’s most successful manager collecting 37 trophies in 26 years, 70-year-old Ferguson is set to be immortalised in a new statue.

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