David Beckham for LA Galaxy playing against Manchester United during the MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena on July 27, 2011 in Harrison, New Jersey.
David Beckham: “It was very emotional,” “It was a real emotional moment to be back at Manchester United for the first time in seven years. It was an emotional time. I was glad I got that one out of the way.”
“I spent four amazing years at Real Madrid ...,” Beckham said earlier this week. “To be facing Real Madrid for the first time since I left, it's emotional. You get attached to a club, you get attached to people at a club.”
“It's exciting for the fans to see great players like Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Iker [Casillas] and Kaká, the players they've got,” said Beckham, who missed last year's Galaxy-Real Madrid game while rehabilitating a torn Achilles' tendon. “It's going to be a competitive game, I'm sure. Real Madrid don't come over and Jose Mourinho doesn't put a team out that's going to [mess] around. It's going to be a good game.
“Personally, I've got a lot of great memories for playing for Real Madrid, and this is the first time I've played them since I left.”
“In the first year, playing with the likes of [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Roberto Carlos, [Luis] Figo -- all these great players. Being able to play with them in the same team. It doesn't get any better than that.”
“I think one of my great memories is I played a 40-yard pass to Zidane, and he volleyed it, and that's one of my great memories of playing in that team.”
“It's always going to be emotional playing against Manchester United,” he said. “I spent so many great years there and still consider Manchester United my home. ... A lot of great memories. Always going to be emotional.”