Watch: David Beckham on how Sir Alex Ferguson made him shave head before Man United game

Sport360 staff 17/05/2019
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David Beckham spoke to OTRO on his relationship with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former England captain recounted an occasion when he was instructed just before a game to shave off his new daring hairstyle.

Beckham admitted Ferguson success came because ‘he was always able to change’.

Ferguson was appointed as United manager in November 1986 and stayed in charge until 2013, winning a total of 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles.


He is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time.








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New 2019/20 Manchester United home strip pays homage to 1999 treble

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Manchester United have released their new 2019/20 home strip, with a sleek and stylish design created by adidas.

The new United home kit pays homage to the incredible 1998/1999 season in which the club made history by becoming the first club ever, and since, to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League; completing the iconic treble.

History was made 20 years ago to clinch the treble, following an epic Champions League final, which saw United battle back from behind to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona, with goals from Teddy Sheringham and, now Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The minutes of when those famous goals were scored – the 91st and 93rd respectively – are shown on each sleeve of the new adidas jersey for the forthcoming season. The dates of the three title wins are also displayed along the bottom of the shirt.

An all new commemorative crest design of bold black with gold stitching, taking inspiration from the one worn that season, completes the shirt.

Available from adidas stores, adidas.com and official club stores exclusively from Thursday, for a period of seven days, the shirt is accompanied with white shorts and black socks.

The new United home kit will be worn for the first time on pitch in an anniversary game v Bayern at Old Trafford on May 26 – exactly 20 years to the day of the Camp Nou final. It will feature players who played in the famous match. Price: Dh399.

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Despite "turbulent season", Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backing of Ed Woodward at Man United

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Executive chairman Ed Woodward admitted it has been a “turbulent season” for Manchester United, but the executive vice-chairman gave his unequivocal backing to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United will be absent from the Champions League next season after a fraught 2018/19 Premier League campaign, in which they settled for an underwhelming sixth-place finish.

Woodward recognised the upheaval at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho was replaced by Solskjaer in December following modest results and months of alleged acrimony between the Portuguese and a number of his players.

Solskjaer’s instalment on an interim basis saw an initial improvement on the field, although shortly after the Norwegian’s appointment as permanent manager United’s season ran out of steam and they missed out on qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

However, Woodward revealed that the club’s strong financial position will enable them to “provide a solid foundation for the manager” ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer for the club.

Speaking on the day of United’s third-quarter financial results, Woodward said: “After a turbulent season, everyone at Manchester United is focused on building towards the success that this great club expects and our fans deserve.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been backed by Ed Woodward.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been backed by Ed Woodward.

“Preparations for the new season are under way and the underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future.”

Woodward added in a conference call to talk about United’s earnings report: “The season that has just ended clearly didn’t end the way we hoped, finishing in sixth place and with a disruptive managerial change part way through.

“However, Ole and the squad battled back from mid-December to put us in contention to qualify for the Champions League next season, but ultimately we came up short.

“While the last few weeks were disappointing, we are delighted to have confirmed the appointment of Ole as our manager on a three-year contract, and to have recently confirmed the key members of the coaching team.

“Mick Phelan, Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey will all be remaining at the club.

“Everyone at the club – the board, the manager, the squad and all the staff are resolute in our desire to get United back to the top of English football. We continually look to improve staff on and off the pitch to achieve this.

“The strength of our business means we have the financial resources to continue to provide a solid foundation for backing the manager and creating success on the pitch. This, as ever, remains our number-one goal.”

The club posted revenues of £152.1 million for the quarter, up 3.4 per cent from last year, which translate into earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £174.9million for the year to date and an operating profit of £72.1million.

Woodward said: “After a turbulent season, everyone at Manchester United is focused on building towards the success that this great club expects and our fans deserve.

“Preparations for the new season are under way and the underlying strength of our business will allow us to support the manager and his team as we look to the future.”

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