David Beckham thought he was too big for Manchester United, former manager Alex Ferguson has claimed in his autobiography.
In the book, Ferguson lifts the lid on his 27 years in charge of Old Trafford, detailing Beckham’s obsession with celebrity and Roy Keane’s “frightening” rages.
Focusing on Beckham, he said the former England captain had “surrendered” part of his career by joining LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007.
“There was no footballing reason for him to go to America,” Ferguson said. “He was giving up top level football as well as the international game. You should never surrender what you’re good at.
“David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game.”
Ferguson, who famously kicked a boot at Beckham’s head during a halftime row, said the midfielder eventually thought he was bigger than the club.
“David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson… the name of the manager is irrelevant. Authority is what counts.”
Ferguson also details his fallout with former skipper Keane, who, like Beckham, was sold.
He said he was left fuming after Keane criticised his team mates on the club’s TV channel in 2005.
“What you did in that video was a disgrace,” Ferguson recalls of his reaction to Keane.
Ferguson said the breaking point was when Keane accused him of bringing his private life into the club.
“The hardest part of Roy’s body is his tongue,” Ferguson wrote. “What I noticed that day as I was arguing with him was his eyes narrowed to black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I’m from Glasgow.”