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“Keano was captain fantastic”

David-Beckham-2657742David Beckham has hailed Roy Keane has the best captain he ever had at Manchester United and defended the Irish midfielder only a week after Fergie had publicly criticised his former captain in his autobiography.

Sir Alex had strong words for Keane and Beckham in his book – as well as for another dozen of players and managers – but his treatment of Keane was by many considered particularly harsh, taking into account the Irishman’s dedication to the United cause over 12 years at Old Trafford.

Fergie claimed he was forced to part ways with Keane because of United former captain’s verbal attack on team-mates, but Beckham has defended his former team-mate.

“For me, Roy Keane is the best captain I’ve ever played under. He had two career-threatening injuries and he set the example for us young kids,” said Beckham during an interview in the States.

Beckham was also on the receiving end of some criticism, with Ferguson claiming that the now 38-year-old had lost focus on his footballing career after marrying Victoria and considering himself bigger than Manchester United but Beckham still had great words for his former manager, who he revealed being was “one of the first in my phone book to contact as the manager” of his new MLS club in Miami.

“He gave me the chance to do that. He believed in me and believed in the rest of the young lads, who came through this with us.

“All joking aside, at the end of the day I won’t be negative about Alex Ferguson because he gave me the chance to live my dream,” said Beckham.

The former United midfielder, however, insisted that he never wanted to leave Old Trafford, despite Fergie’s claims that a “flirtation between Real Madrid and David’s camp”  had gone behind the scenes prior to the then England captain’s move to Real Madrid.

“When I joined Manchester United, I never wanted to leave them. When they told me they were going to sell me was the first time I spoke to Real Madrid,” he explained.

“I knew my dream was over and I had to speak to another team. I couldn’t watch United for two years, I was that gutted. It was that difficult to leave.”

One thing is certain, what wouldn’t we give to have the likes of Becks and Keano in our starting XI these days.