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Beckham will not celebrate scoring against Man Utd

David Beckham is on loan at AC Milan from LA Galaxy
David Beckham is on loan at AC Milan from LA Galaxy

David Beckham will not celebrate if he scores for AC Milan against Manchester United in the Champions League.

He will face his former club for the first time since leaving in 2003 when AC Milan host United on 16 February.

Beckham told Inside United magazine: "I do not think I would celebrate. I respect the supporters and the club.

"To me they are the best fans in the world and the support they gave me week in, week out was incredible. Nothing will ever better that."

The midfielder, who is on loan at Milan from LA Galaxy, still remembers and appreciates the support given to him by United fans after he was sent off while playing for England against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.

"The relationship I have with the fans is still important to me," he said. "I went through some difficult times but they never stopped supporting me.

"I would not have got through everything without them."

When I was at Real Madrid it just never felt right to come back to Old Trafford. The thought of playing against United always gave me that sick feeling because I missed the club so much.

David Beckham

Beckham played 394 times for United over eight seasons, helping the club win six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions league.

"I always wish I was part of Manchester United, it is just in me. Even though I am not there any more, I am still a huge fan," he said.

"Coming to terms with not being a United player was certainly the toughest thing I've ever had to deal with.

"When you are a Manchester United player and a Manchester United fan you never want to play for any other club.

"I always want them to do well and be successful because the club still means so much to me. I've still got season tickets and I will always keep them because I love to watch every game where possible.

"I would love to take my sons one day. United will always be such a special place to me, so we will just have to see what the future holds."

606: DEBATE

Beckham will go back to Old Trafford for the first time as a player when Milan travel to Manchester for the second leg of their Champions League clash on 10 March.

"When I was at Real Madrid it just never felt right to come back to Old Trafford. The thought of playing against United always gave me that sick feeling because I missed the club so much," he said.

"But when the draw was made this time it felt as though it was the right time to go back. I felt really emotional.

"It will also be extremely emotional for myself and my family on the night. I met so many amazing people during my time there, on and off the pitch, that I am looking forward to seeing everyone again."



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