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Sir Alex Ferguson wary of David Beckham 'media circus'

David Beckham
Beckham will return to Old Trafford as a player on 10 March

Sir Alex Ferguson will warn his players not to get caught up in the "David Beckham media circus" when they face AC Milan in the Champions League.

Manchester United take on the Serie A side at the San Siro on 16 February and then at Old Trafford on 10 March.

"Our job is to concentrate on the football match and let the David Beckham media circus carry on," the United boss told the club's magazine.

Ex-United midfielder Beckham, 34, is in his second loan spell with Milan.

The Los Angeles Galaxy player hopes his performances will persuade England boss Fabio Capello to include him in the squad for this summer's World Cup.

"I think I told him myself last year when I saw him before our game against Inter that he should be thinking about getting back to Europe if he wanted to go to the World Cup," said Ferguson.

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"It looks like he might just get his wish now. He had a good spell with Milan last time, so it made sense to me to see him back there again."

Ferguson sees the tie as United's biggest of the season so far.

"I think so, yes," stated the Scot. "The European Cup is always special to us and we've had some marvellous nights at Old Trafford. I just hope we have another one.

"We're away from home in the first leg, which won't be easy, but I'm certain the tie will be decided back at Old Trafford.

Beckham began his career with United before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid for £25m in 2003.

He later moved to the United States to join Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, who have approved his two loan spells with Milan.

The second leg of the last-16 tie will be the first time the former England captain has played against United at Old Trafford.

"The only difference with David's return to Manchester United compared with other players is that there will be a big media circus surrounding him when Milan arrive," added Ferguson.

"He's such a high-profile celebrity - not just a high-profile footballer - and we haven't really seen anybody else return to the club in that situation."



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