Rewind to 2003

Fergie gives Beckham the boot

October 21, 2010
By Tom Adams
(Archive)
This week has witnessed an extraordinary rupture between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United that appears almost certain to lead to his departure from the club, but it is not the first time that Sir Alex Ferguson has fallen out with one of his leading stars. In 2003, tensions with David Beckham were exposed following a dressing-room incident and, inside four months, the most famous footballer on the planet had joined Real Madrid.

Was it an innocent trip to work or a perfectly-orchestrated ...

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