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  United boss Sir Alex admits Becks incident
Updated 17 February 2003, 20.05

Alex Ferguson looks down after his team lost
Sir Alex admits his part in the injury
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says the incident that left David Beckham needing stitches was a "freak accident".

It's reported that Sir Alex kicked a football boot in the dressing room at Old Trafford that flew and hit Becks above the eye.

It happened after United lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Sir Alex told Granada television said: "Things like that happen in the dressing room.

"It was one of those freak accidents of nature that happens and then it's over."

Earlier in the day Beckham didn't look very happy when he left his house to go to training and a plaster could be seen above his left eye.

Beckham's cut can be seen above his eye
You can see Becks' stitches
A report in the Sun newspaper said Beckham needed two stitches in the wound, which happened when he was sat in the changing room after the game.

No one is suggesting that Sir Alex meant to hurt the England captain.

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