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David Beckham expects 'emotional' return to Old Trafford

David Beckham has admitted the chance to pull on the famous red shirt and play for Manchester United at Old Trafford again will give him goose bumps.

Beckham will return tomorrow night to star in Gary Neville's testimonial match against Juventus.

It will help re-unite the famed 'Class of 92', with Nicky Butt and Phil Neville also going to be involved in addition to Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

Eight years after he left for Real Madrid, it will bring all six close friends back in the United side again.

And Beckham cannot wait.

"Putting a United shirt on again never gets old," Beckham told MLSsoccer.com.

"I get goose bumps every time I think about stepping out at Old Trafford again, as does walking out on the pitch.

"To be able to do that for Gary and his family means it is going to be an emotional night."

Beckham and Neville were always close, having come through the youth ranks together.

It was Neville who acted as best man for Beckham's celebrity wedding to Victoria and when the call came asking if he would face Juventus in a re-match of the 1999 Champions League semi-final, the former England skipper had no hesitation in saying yes.

"I played with him for so many years," said Beckham.

"We were room-mates, he was best man at my wedding and he is one of my best friends.

"I am looking forward to seeing him play. After a few months of not playing and training, that will be interesting."

Few would claim Neville was blessed with the same talent as Beckham, but the Londoner was always acutely aware of his friend's phenomenal work ethic, which turned him into one of the best full-backs of his generation.

"Gary is still so dedicated," said Beckham.

"It is the reason why he has achieved so much in his career and why United fans love him.

"He is a great home-grown talent which United are famous for producing.

"He always gave me a lot of advice over the years - the majority of which was good.

"He is such a talent and hard worker. He really deserves this night."