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David Beckham praises Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire as Manchester United manager.
Beckham regards Ferguson as a “father figure” and the “greatest manager in football.”
The former England captain began his career at Old Trafford and won the FA Youth Cup before being integrated into the first-team setup by Ferguson.
Expected to take the place of the 71-year-old Ferguson is David Moyes.
Beckham, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League while under Ferguson before moving on to Real Madrid.
He said he owes all of his success to Ferguson.
“I’ve just seen the news on Sir Alex,” Beckham wrote on his Facebook page. “As I have said many times before, the boss wasn’t just the greatest and best manager I ever played under, he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.’’
He added: “Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me. After [World Cup] 1998, without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection.’’
Beckham stressed that he was truly honoured to have been guided by “the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him.’”