'I realised actually how accurate he really is!' - Beckham jokes about Ferguson flying boot incident

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Ross Kinnaird
The Manchester United legend made light of the infamous spat with his former manager that gave him a nasty cut above his eye

At long last we know the full story behind the infamous flying boot incident between David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The legendary Manchester United manager gave his star midfielder a cut above the eye when he kicked a boot in the dressing room following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in 2003.

While Ferguson gave his side of the story in his 2013 autobiography, explaining the moment happened amid frustration with Beckham over his work rate ahead of an eventual move to Real Madrid, the former England captain has now offered his take.

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Speaking at a World Aids Day gala on Friday in London, Beckham said: "We had a few wobbles over the 13 years.

"You know the boss, always on European nights, would come onto the pitch. He'd start taking penalties and free kicks and telling all of us how great he was when he played — the goals he scored and things like that.

"But the time when I really got to find out how great he was after a game against Arsenal where I think I'd made a couple of mistakes.

"He came into the dressing room, we had a few words, he started to walk over toward me and he kicked a pile of clothes on the floor. Out came this boot and hit me.

"That's when I realised actually how accurate he really is!"

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