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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

David Beckham

Born: 02 May 1975
Signed: 08 Jul 1991
Debut: 23 Sep 1992 v Brighton (A) FA Cup
Goals Total: 85
Appearances Total: 394
Position: Midfielder
Left United: 2 July 2003
Sporting titles and awards Individual

* PFA Young Player of the Year: 1997
* Named in 1998 FIFA World Cup All-star team
* FIFA World Player Of The Year Award finalist: 1999, 2001 (runner-up both years)
* UEFA Club Player of the Year Winner: 1999
* UEFA Club Player of the Year Finalist: 2001
* BBC Sports Personality of the Year: 2001
* Named in Pelé's FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players.[77]

Manchester United (1992–2003)

* Premier League - Champion : 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
* Premier League - Runner Up: 1994–95, 1997–98
* FA Cup Winner : 1996, 1999
* FA Cup Runner Up: 1995
* UEFA Champions League Winner: 1998–99
* Intercontinental Cup: 1999
* UEFA Super Cup Runner Up: 1999
* Community Shield Winner : 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003
* Community Shield Runner Up: 1998, 2000, 2001
* FA Youth Cup Winner: 1992

Real Madrid (2003–2007)

* Primera División Champion: 2006–2007
* Supercopa de España: 2003

Special recognition beyond sport

* Named Officer in the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003
* Named United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) "Goodwill Ambassador" (2005–present)
* Voted "Britain's Greatest Ambassador" at the Greatest Britons 2007 awards
* Named as one of Time magazine's "Time 100 Heroes & Icons"
* Listed by Forbes as number 15 on their 2007 list of most influential celebrities, "The Celebrity 100" Read more...

'Fighting drunk' man kicked Fergie in groin

A 'fighting drunk' today admitted punching Sir Alex Ferguson in the groin and head butting a police community support officer.

Forty-three-year-old Kevin Reynolds pleaded guilty to assaulting the Manchester United manager outside a train station before attacking the officer and racially abusing him.

Reynolds appeared at City of London Magistrates Court and was warned he could be jailed when he is sentenced at a later date at London's Southwark Crown Court.

The attack took place on Monday shortly after 4pm when Sir Alex was waiting for his driver outside Euston Station in central London.

Reynolds, originally from Fife but now of no fixed abode, approached Sir Alex, who initially thought that the man staggering towards him was a beggar asking for money, the court heard.

Instead Reynolds struck Sir Alex in the groin area, leaving him doubled up in pain.

The court was told today that Reynolds then said: 'I'm sorry Fergie. I did not know it was you.'

He then chanted: 'Fergie, Fergie, shut your mouth' - a football shout common in Scotland.

A police support officer arrived at the scene at which point Sir Alex pointed out his aggressor.

Whilst trying to restrain Reynolds, PCSO Peace Toluwa was head butted in the face, causing a cut to his upper lip.

He was then subjected to a number of racial slurs by Reynolds, who had consumed half a bottle of vodka and a number of strong lagers prior to the assault.

Sir Alex was said to be left stunned by the attack and suffered soreness and tenderness as a result of the punch.

He did not need further treatment.

In court today Reynolds pleaded guilty to two counts of racially-aggravated public order, one common assault and one count of actual bodily harm. Read more...

Reds attack nears full force

With Louis Saha making a goalscoring return against Sunderland, Cristiano Ronaldo now free from suspension and Wayne Rooney’s comeback from injury reportedly not far off, Reds skipper Gary Neville hopes United can now go on a long winning run.

The 32-year-old, yet to play this season due to niggling calf and thigh injuries, is hoping to return in “a week or two”. But he says the support for Carlos Tevez from Saha and Rooney and the potent attacking threat of Ronaldo will make a real difference to the Reds in the coming weeks.

“I think we needed the wins against Tottenham and Sunderland,” Neville told MUTV. "It’s obvious that we didn’t hit the best of form during the first few weeks of the season but I think there are reasons for that. We’ve had injuries to Louis Saha, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Wayne Rooney so Carlos Tevez has been up there on his own,” he adds. “He finished the Copa America, came over here and has had to be thrown straight in at the deep end, up front on his own.

“It’s been difficult for us not having three of our forwards available. You could see in the last game the difference Louis made when he came on, and I think with Wayne coming back soon I’m sure we’ll get even stronger. We have to make sure we don’t fall too behind the leaders at this stage.”

Ronaldo, who was United’s joint-top goalscorer with Rooney on 23 goals last term, is also back from a three-game ban for his sending off against Portsmouth. The culmination of those three attacking players returning, Neville feels, will make all the difference. “Cristiano getting suspended obviously added to our problems," he said. "But I think it will all come together in the next few weeks. Hopefully we'll pick up the level of performance and get back to freescoring ways.” Read more...

Evra showing his quality - Irwin

United legend Denis Irwin has praised the performances of Patrice Evra this season, who he believes is showing signs of becoming a more complete player.

Evra's well-documented slow start to his United career in the second half of the 2005/06 campaign was followed by an outstanding contribution to the Reds’ title triumph last term.

The 26-year-old Frenchman has again proved this season why he is Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice for the position, and Irwin, who made the left-back spot his own during 529 appearances for the Reds, has been hugely impressed with the defender’s start to the new season.

"Evra has looked very good this season," he said at a fans' Q&A session at Old Trafford.

"I must admit I was a bit worried when he first came in,” he added. “I always thought Heinze was a better defensive player, but Evra did look good going forward. I thought that if you could have merged the two of them then you'd have the perfect full-back.

"It was a tough start for Patrice and everyone remembers his debut against City. But last year you could see him getting better and better all the time, and I'm very impressed with his all-round game now." Read more...

Rooney's return cheers Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson last night confirmed SunSport's exclusive that Wayne Rooney has recovered from his broken metatarsal. We revealed yesterday Rooney, 21, was back in training and wanted to play against his club Everton on Saturday. That is five weeks after his foot was placed in a cast after his third metatarsal injury in three years. Fergie said: “He’s started training which is good. I’d not have brought him back to training unless he was ready. The latest scan was good and I’m pleased with that. We have to wait and see how his fitness is after being out but I’m delighted he’s on his way back."
Neil Custis, The Sun