Gary Neville admits that he was “relieved” for David Beckham and Manchester United when the player left Old Trafford.
The relationship between Sir Alex Ferguson had soured towards the end of Beckham’s stay at the club after the Scot kicked a boot into the face of the former England star in a dressing room bust-up.
And Beckham eventually left the Red Devils in 2003 for Real Madrid and had spells at Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before hanging up his boots in 2013.
Speaking to StrettyNewsTV, Neville – who is still good friends with Beckham now – opened up about the superstar’s exit from Old Trafford.
“I knew it was coming to an end a little bit from the previous 12 months,” Neville said. “I was aware of the things that were going on behind the scenes.
“I was disappointed when he left but I was also disappointed when Nicky Butt left. I was disappointed when my brother left, I was disappointed when Roy Keane left and I was disappointed when Denis Irwin left. They were a massive part of our lives and our careers at United.
“It wasn’t just the lads around me – David, Phil and Nicky and such like. When a player of that magnitude left there was a void. They’re a big miss.
“To be honest with you, at the time ‘sad’ probably wasn’t the right word.
“I was probably relieved a little bit. For him, for the club – it could never end badly, that relationship. David had done so much for the club and the club had done so much for David.”