44-year-old David Beckham could walk into this Manchester United side. How sad is that?


David Beckham impressed in the 1999 treble reunion friendly against Bayern Munich on Sunday. The players in the current Manchester United squad can learn a lot from his performance.

How good was David Beckham, eh?

Although he never really reached his full potential with England, the right-midfielder shone at Manchester United, making 394 appearances and winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League.

Beckham’s playstyle inspired a whole new generation of talented young players who tried to replicate his long-range passing, crossing ability and signature bending free-kicks.

In the recent 1999 treble reunion clash against Bayern Munich legends at Old Trafford, the 44-year-old showed that he’s still got it, making a number of sumptuous long balls up the pitch and pin-point deliveries into the box from the right-hand side, and capped his performance off with a goal.

During and after the game, social media was rife with fans calling on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who also grabbed a goal on the day – to re-sign the club legend. And they weren’t even being all that sarcastic.

I’m not kidding when I say that Beckham’s performance on Sunday was the best by any player in a Manchester United shirt this season.

More from Red Devil Armada

The current side is woeful at attacking down the right-hand side, with no player in the squad able to provide any real width on that side and put decent balls into the box.

Beckham’s performance in the friendly puts the likes of Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez to shame. Both are similarly right-footed, but they prefer to play on the left as it is easier to cut inside and score goals.

If either player had any real desire to see United succeed, they’d make themselves available to play on the right and put a shift in.

Ashley Young could also learn a lot from Beckham’s performance, as his delivery from the right-hand side has been abysmal this season.

Next. Would Arsenal take back Alexis Sanchez?. dark

The fact that a 44-year-old can perform better than our current batch of players is embarrassing. Although we sadly can’t sign Beckham this summer to replace these lacklustre players, Solskjaer can still search the transfer market for a young right-winger of a similar mould who can.