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The former England captain today announced he was retiring from football

<p><b>David Beckham:</b></p>
Beckham began his professional career at United, making his first-team debut in 1992. He won the Premier League title six times, the FA Cup twice, and the Champions League once. Beckham was the first choice on the right-wing throughout his time at Old Trafford.

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David Beckham has retired from professional football

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<b>David Beckham v Alex Ferguson</b><br/>
Possibly the most notorious and high-profile falling out occurred at Old Trafford. The relationship breakdown between Beckham and Ferguson was gradual and prompted by Beckham's increasingly public lifestyle. But it came to a head following a 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford in February 2003, when an argument in the dressing room ended with Ferguson kicking a stray boot which hit Beckham above the eye, needing stitches which Beckham made sure everyone saw. Beckham left for Real Madrid that summer.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announces retirement: David Beckham pays tribute to 'father figure'

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1986/87
Alex Ferguson was appointed Manchester United manager on 6 November 1986 and lost his first game in charge against underdogs Oxford United. United would only manage one away win in the whole season. Having been 21st and second from bottom when he took over, he guided them to an 11th place finish at the end of the campaign.

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Highlights in the career of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson who will retire at the end of the season:

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