Old Trafford witnessed history on Sunday as the legends who scripted history at Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League finals in 1999 came together once again for a treble reunion game. The game was a charity event with all proceeds going to the Manchester United Foundation for the specially-abled children.
The 20-year commemoration was a splendid one as a vast majority of the players that were on the rosters in Spain made it to Manchester. Unlike that dramatic evening, however, the men in red didn’t wait until added time to make their presence known and kept up a competitive streak throughout the 90 minutes.
The game ended 5-0 with the Red Devils coming out on top courtesy of goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha, and David Beckham.
It was Beckham, in particular, who won the hearts of Old Trafford yet again. Despite being 44 years of age, the Englishman was the star of the United lineup, looking just as spirited as he did during his playing days.
Twitter was riddled with fans marveling over just how good the veteran functioned on United’s wings. He played an instrumental role in all of their five goals and was the standout player during the encounter.
Beckham is getting the loudest cheers, sprayed a crossfielder inch-perfectly and delivered the best cross Old Trafford has seen all season. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 26, 2019
— Rich Fay (@RichFay) May 26, 2019
David Beckham can still cross a ball better than most current Man Utd players.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) May 26, 2019
Good crosses in 2018/19.
David Beckham – 2.
Minutes played – 4.
Ashley Young – 1.
Games played – about 50.
— Matthew McFadyen (@_maffoo) May 26, 2019
David Beckham would still walk into this Manchester United side. I’m not even joking.
He could play RB or RW and be a huge improvement on what we’ve got there now.
— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) May 26, 2019
David Beckham putting in a better individual performance at Old Trafford than I can remember for quite some time. The man does not age at all.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) May 26, 2019
— BlameFootball (@blamefootball) May 26, 2019
More than one tweet lamented over how Beckham was genuinely playing better on the night than most of the wingmen presently flanking United’s team. His grace was marveled over and a few even suggested that he ought to come out of retirement and give Solskjaer a hand at Old Trafford.
His crosses and competitive spirit, in particular, were praised. He seemed to display precisely what United have been lacking up front since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. In more ways than one, Old Trafford was able to witness a worthy no.7 on its pitch, if only for 90 minutes.