Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham Insists It's Business as Usual

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beckham Insists It's Business as Usual

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

DAVID BECKHAM claims he will be 100 per cent focused on the game when Manchester United tackle Juventus in the Champions League at Old Trafford tonight.

The midfielder has been the centre of attention in the build-up to the game following his dressingroom bust-up with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Angry at his side's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, Ferguson kicked out at a football boot which hit Beckham, leaving him with a cut above his eye.

Speculation has been rife surrounding Beckham's reaction to the whole episode, which Ferguson has described as a freak accident.

And there have even been suggestions that it could lead to a fullscale feud between the pair.

However, Beckham has now made it clear that he is anxious to put the incident behind him.

In a statement issued by his management company SFX, he said: "I want to assure all Manchester United fans that there is complete harmony and focus as we prepare for the Juventus game.

"The dressing-room incident was just one of those things - it's all in the past now."

A representative of SFX also revealed: "David did not want stitches at first, but two hours after the game blood was still dripping from the wound and the club doctor visited David's house and fixed two steri-strips to stop the bleeding."

Ferguson is believed to have apologised privately to Beckham at training yesterday morning, although he refused to confirm that publicly.

He is understood to have taken his star midfielder to one side and explained to him exactly why he lost his patience after the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Ferguson is believed to have been furious with Beckham for not tracking back with Ashley Cole during the build-up to the second goal.

It has been reported that Ferguson is angry with Arsenal for leakingnews of the dressing-room bust-up in an attempt to undermine him. …

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