Former hero set for Old Trafford reunion.
AC Milan’s David Beckham says he is excited to face Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time but maintains he wants them to lose.
The midfielder will line up against his former club in the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie, with Milan needing to overturn a 3-2 deficit.
But the 34-year-old, still revered by United fans, said: “I’m not nervous.
“Coming back to Manchester as a Milan player is exciting. It will be a tough game for us but nothing is impossible.”
Doubt remains as to whether Beckham will start the match but if he does play at Old Trafford it will be the first time since he left United for Real Madrid in 2003.
He faces a United side boosted by the return to fitness of Wayne Rooney – who scored twice in the first leg – but that will be without Wes Brown, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick through injury and suspension.
Beckham received a hero’s welcome on his arrival at Manchester airport on Tuesday, but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he was unsure whether his former player would feature and was struggling to predict Milan’s team as a result.
“I am finding it difficult to pick their team, I don’t know whether Beckham will start,” said the Scot.
“I have not got that down in my conclusions about their team. He has not started a game since the first leg, so it is difficult to say what impact he will have on the game.
“But he will be there and the one thing you have to be aware of is his delivery of the ball, which is fantastic. That is the threat. There are a lot of threats in their team of course, but we are well aware of David’s.” (BBC Sport)
So can David Beckham make an impact on his Old Trafford return? Will he even get a game? With Sir Alex Ferguson’s side coming into the second leg with a commanding lead from their trip to the San Siro it would take a surprise result from the Italian giants to progress.
AC Milan are a on pretty good run of late with seven wins and two draws in their last ten games, their only defeat coming against arch rivals Inter Milan. David Beckham has been a peripheral figure of late but may well be thrown into the mix by Leonardo as he looks to get his side into the Champions League Quarter Finals.