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It has been 11 years since David Beckham returned to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving for Real Madrid in the summer of 2003 - and my word, what a night it was.
On March 10th, 2010, just three weeks after Manchester United secured a historic 3-2 win in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash against AC Milan at the San Siro, Sir Alex Ferguson's side were eager to build on that narrow lead in the second-leg.
From the likes of Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo and Thiago Silva to Clarence Seedorf and Alessandro Nesta, the famous red and black of Milan certainly got the juices flowing that day but ultimately, it was the eagerly-anticipated return of Beckham that drew a buzzing crowd that night.
Beckham, who played 74 minutes against United in the first-leg, found himself on the bench on his return but with half-an-hour remaining, Leonardo decided to bring him on, much to the delight of more than 74,000 fans inside Old Trafford.
11 years ago today, David Beckham returned to Old Trafford with AC Milan! :heart::sob: pic.twitter.com/iLzmvWe77t
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) March 10, 2021
At first, a composed Beckham looked to take the moment in his stride but seconds later, after the crowd gave him an almighty reception when stadium announcer Alan Keegan called his name and number, the former United man looked incredibly emotional.
Those inside Old Traffiord were in great spirits after goals from Wayne Rooney (2) and Park Ji-Sung gave the home side a 3-0 lead with almost an hour played. Ultimately, it was a routine night for Sir Alex Ferguson's men as they eventually progressed with a 7-2 aggregate victory.
But it was the marvellous return of David Beckham that grabbed the headlines that day. In fact, after the full-time whistle, the former England captain picked up a yellow and green scarf to send fans into raptures. What a game and what a man.
#OnThisDay in 2010...
Old Trafford was bouncing as Man Utd put AC Milan to the sword :red_circle:
David Beckham being given an amazing ovation on his return was great to see :clap: pic.twitter.com/HbLBtD3X9P
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 10, 2021
Manchester United came up against Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night in a Round of 16 clash. United new boy Amad Diallo made it 1-0 with a improvised header but a late finish from Simon Kjaer gave the Italian side a crucial away goal.
Who will come out on top in the second leg?
Let us know in the comments.
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