Following his retirement from the game, could David Beckham be on his way back to Old Trafford?
Much has been and will continue to be written about David Beckham the footballer. Plenty more will be written about the brand, the role model, the ambassador, and countless other spins on the player who was so much more than that. But this isn’t an article about any of those things.
Beckham’s was the latest iconic retirement in a year full of them – the most notable that of Sir Alex Ferguson, the most clandestine that of Beckham’s former teammate Paul Scholes.
And it was this changing of the guard that stirred a thought – a thought conceived before the current PSG midfielder called it a day but one that grew because of it.
Even before Ferguson left, there was talk of Scholes and Ryan Giggs joining next season’s Old Trafford coaching stuff. Now that the 71-year-old’s departure is official, those changes have become even more likely.
With former fledgling Nicky Butt already working with Manchester United’s reserve team, the addition of Giggs and Scholes would reinforce a mantra that Ferguson has always instilled, certainly among the class of ‘92. Once United, always United.
Beckham has always said he would never play for another English club, and with PSG now set to be his last, could he return home at a time when his former employers need the spirit of one of their greatest sides more than ever?
Talk has already been of a possible move for Phil Neville, who is expected to retire at the end of the season to begin coaching. Could that role be alongside his current Everton boss at United?
And while his older brother Gary appears ensconced in technological punditry, the younger Neville could play his part in bringing the spirit of what it means to grow up at United and to ultimately write your own chapter in the club’s legacy.
Has Beckham seen the changes occurring at Old Trafford and decided to be a part of it? Perhaps not – he is after all 38 with more money than he could ever spend, and his body and his mind are both no doubt telling him to take it a little easier.
But with Butt, Giggs and Scholes already there, and with the younger Neville potentially joining them, could Ferguson’s first role as director be a phone call to Beckham, inviting him home?
The current manager has promised to keep out of team affairs once Moyes is appointed. But if some of the most vital components of arguably their greatest ever side were still at Old Trafford, inspiring the next generation, then in a way Ferguson will never have left. His body yes, but not the spirit he instilled in every one of his players.
Should Ferguson bring all the fledglings back to work at Old Trafford? And what could their return bring to the club?
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