Beckham wanted Sir Alex Ferguson for new MLS franchise

The former Manchester United midfielder had toyed with the idea of approaching the Scot to manage his Miami-based club, but does not believe the 71-year-old would accept
David Beckham has revealed he had earmarked former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential manager of his Major League Soccer franchise.

MLS vice-president Dan Courtmanche confirmed that the former England captain had met with league officials regarding ownership of a team based in Miami, with the 38-year-old later confirming his intentions.

Beckham was criticised by Ferguson in his recent autobiography, but the former Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star refused to hit back at the Scot, instead revealing that he had thought about trying to recruit him to lead his new side.

"The funny thing was I'm involved in the MLS and bringing my own franchise into the league and actually he was one of the first in my phone book to contact as the manager, but I'm not so sure anymore - I'm not sure he'd accept!" Beckham told reporters.

"All joking aside, at the end of the day I won't be negative about Alex Ferguson because he gave me the chance to live my dream.

"I'm not going to sit here and be negative about a man who gave me a chance to play for my boyhood team, who I always dreamt of playing for.

"He gave me the chance to do that, he believed in me and believed in the rest of the young lads who came through this with us."