WATCH - David Beckham reflects on Sir Alex Ferguson's Flying Boot

David Beckham reflects on the infamous 'Flying Boot' incident that took place during a dressing room bust-up between him and Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003.

Published : May 02, 2020 17:21 IST

David Beckham and Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
David Beckham and Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

David Beckham and Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Tommy Docherty, Manchester United's manager from 1972-77, once described Sir Alex Ferguson as “a crackpot and a bully.” Paul Ince, Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy would more or less agree after falling out with Ferguson. But possibly the most famous of the dressing room bust-ups happened on February 15, 2003, between the Scotsman and David Beckham.

Manchester United was knocked out of the FA Cup when it lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the fifth round. And Beckham, who was caught ball-watching during Arsenal's second goal, faced Ferguson's ire.

The two exchanged words in a heated discussion in the dressing room manager and in a fit of rage, Feguson kicked a boot at Beckham that caught the latter right above his eye.

Ferguson described in  My Autobiography  what happened after: “He was around 12 feet from me. Between us on the floor lay a row of boots. David swore. I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye. Of course, he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him.” FULL STORY - Beckham, the beanie and the boot cut

Years later, here's how Beckham recalled the incident -


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