MANCHESTER: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed David Beckham to make Englands World Cup squad, but still insists he has no regrets over selling the midfielder seven years ago.
Ferguson is preparing to meet up with his former player when United take on AC Milan in their Champions League second round clash and the Scot expects Beckhams second spell at the San Siro to result in him securing a place in Fabio Capellos plans for South Africa.
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, Ferguson told Inside United magazine.
And 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.
With Beckham still thriving as he approaches his 35th birthday, Ferguson was asked if he regretted selling him when he was in his prime. No regrets. We move on,was the response.
United travel to Milan for the first leg of their tie on February 16 and the second leg, three weeks later, will represent Beckhams first return to Old Trafford since he left for Real Madrid after falling out with Ferguson in 2003.
The only difference with Davids return to Manchester United compared with other players is that there will be a big media circus surrounding him when Milan arrive, Ferguson added.
Hes such a high-profile celebrity not just a high-profile footballer and we havent really seen anybody else return to the club in that situation.
Our job is to concentrate on the football match and let the David Beckham media circus carry on we know were not going to stop it anyway.
Ferguson is anticipating a tight battle with Milan.
The European Cup is always special to us and weve had some marvellous nights at Old Trafford. I just hope we have another one, he said.
Were away from home in the first leg, which wont be easy, but Im certain the tie will be decided back at Old Trafford.