Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson to manage David Beckham again in Old Trafford charity match

The pair have agreed to take part in an upcoming charity match

Click to follow
The Independent Football

Sir Alex Ferguson will manage David Beckham at Old Trafford again next month after the pair agreed to take part in a Unicef charity match.

Beckham, one of the celebrated 'Class of '92', spent 11 years under the Scottish manager's tutelage at Manchester United, winning multiple trophies as well as an historic treble alongside fellow youth team products.

The former England captain enjoyed a healthy relationship with Ferguson until an incident in 2003, in which the coach accidentally kicked a stray boot in the dressing room which struck Beckham above his left eye.

The pair subsequently fell out and Beckham was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of that year, with Ferguson later criticising his former player in an autobiography.

Tensions between the two have mellowed in recent years, allowing Beckham to approach the now-retired 73-year-old and invite him to participate in the fundraising event.

Beckham, an ambassador for Unicef, will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI, managed by Ferguson, who will return to the Old Trafford dugout for the first time since his retirement in 2013.

They will take on a Rest of the World XI, managed by Carlo Ancelotti and featuring former Ballon D'Or winner Zinedine Zidane, in 'The Match for Children' on 14 November.

"I want a world where children can grow up safe from violence, free from poverty and protected from preventable diseases," Beckham said, announcing the event.

"This match gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to help reach the children who need it most. I am delighted that my friend Zizou (Zidane) will join me in leading two teams, full of our friends and team mates, at the best stadium in the world."

In Ferguson's most recent book, the legendary manager claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona were the only 'world class' players he had ever coached during his 39-year-long managerial career.

5 things we learned from Fergie's new book

Many suggested Beckham as a potential fifth 'world class' footballer to have played under the Scot but the 40-year-old echoed Ferguson's sentiment, revealing that he was "not at all" insulted by the omission.

"I tend to agree with the manager. There's certain players that you can call world-class, thankfully I played with many of them.

"I'm proud as a Manchester United player that we were successful and I'm proud as a Manchester United player that we have the best players come to our team."

Tickets are now available for the charity match on the Manchester United website, priced from £20 for adults and £10 for children.