Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to the experience that David Beckham brings to AC Milan.
The United boss faces his former star for the first time since selling the midfielder to Real Madrid in 2003, in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
After Beckham admitted he would not celebrate if he scored against the Premier League champions, Ferguson was full of praise for the AC Milan midfielder.
"I hope he's not celebrating anyway," said Ferguson during his pre-match press conference. "I think David has great experience, that's what he has.
"He has the experience of 100 something caps for England, he's played for AC Milan, he's played for Real Madrid and he's played for Manchester United."
The Red Devils boss was also keen to play down reports of defender Nemanja Vidic leaving Old Trafford.
Speculation regarding the future of the Serbian has emerged in recent weeks, linking the defender with a summer switch to Real Madrid.
Ferguson said: "Of course we want him to stay, he's a great player, he's one of the best center-backs in the world, [of] course we want him to stay."
The Scot was also full of praise for former player Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Real Madrid in the summer.
"I think Ronaldo is the best player in the world but then I'm biased.
"When you lose a great player it's a loss but you move on there's nothing you can do about it.
"We have moved on but he was a marvelous player."
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