23 Oct 2013

No holds barred in Ferg's bio

6:09 am on 23 October 2013

Manchester United's former manager Alex Ferguson has singled out David Beckham for special mention in his just released "My Autiobiography", recollections of the years since the 1999 treble-winning season.

Ferguson says Beckham thought he was too big for Manchester United, and instead of becoming a United legend, he allowed his love of celebrity to get in the way.

Their relationship was damaged irrecoverably after an FA Cup defeat by Arsenal in 2003 when Ferguson kicked a boot at Beckham cutting his forehead after he was dismissive of his manager's criticism.

After that incident Ferguson told the United board Beckham had to go.

Ferguson also saw off former skipper Roy Keane, current striker Wayne Rooney and arch-managerial rivals such as Rafa Benitez, the Spaniard he described as a "silly man".

Ferguson describes Cristiano Ronaldo, the man he bought to replace Beckham, as the most gifted player he worked with.