Originally posted by petrosianpupil
Didn't you put Beckhqam in your over rated list?
I think that Fergie, who above all managers can handle big stars, lost it big time by selling Beckham.
He gave Robson, Keane, Cantona special freedom, but he had brought Beckham up from a skinny kid who was considered nothing compared to Giggs and even that loser Sharpe when they were young. He co ...[text shortened]... ry great manager tries to get his players to enjoy playing, an impossible job with our press.
I did put Beckham in my most overrated list.
He was also my 2nd favourate player until about 2001 (Keano obviously the best).
I watched most of Beckams home games in the Stretford Lane End at Old Trafford.
Until 2001 Beckham was amazing and consistently played superb football.
From 2001 onwards though, his play became patchy, sometimes exceptional sometimes not so good.
He also started to become unmanageable, in one game he started on the bench and when brought on in the 2nd half, he set up a goal within 10 minutes with a trademark cross.
He then does not celebrate but turns towards the bench and stirs at Sir Alex with his hands on his hips.
Maybe Beckham came on with 20 minutes left and had fresh legs, maybe Fergie knew what he was doing.
Also Beckham was becoming a distraction to the club and was in the press more for a visit to America or a TV advert than his play for Manchester United.
Also how many free kicks did Beckham score for United in his last season?
Can you tell me? I know and it was in the last game of the season!
Sir Alex did it again, he got 25m for Beckham at 28, used 12m of it to buy Ronaldo, not bad when considering how to develop a team in the long term view.
ie. Take a bloddy nose to land a killer blow.
So I would say overall Beckham was really good, exceptional at times, but overrated.