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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has revealed in his autobiography that former manager Sir Alex Ferguson did not want David Beckham to wear the iconic number seven shirt at the club.

Beckham is regarded as one of the finest midfielders to have won the iconic shirt, which has been won by many names like Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo. The England international, though, developed a reputation for being too flamboyant and not being focused on football. This ultimately led to his fallout with Ferguson.

Keane, who has had several altercations with Ferguson especially during his final years at United, has revealed in his latest autobiography that the Scot did not see Beckham as the ideal candidate to have the iconic shirt number. The duo have been involved in a war of words on several times. Ferguson famously hit become with a boot during a half-time team talk, but the manager later went on to revealing his own autobiography that it was an accident.

During his time at United, Beckham won numerous titles including several Premier League medals and one Champions League. Now retired, the 39-year-old is looking to become the owner of a football club by starting a new franchise in the MLS.

"At United, '7' was the iconic number. When Eric Cantona left there was debate about who was going to be the next captain. I was quite relaxed about it. But there was his number, too - '7'. Bryan Robson had had it before Cantona and, of course, it went back to Georgie Best. The manager pulled me into his office and said that he wanted me to wear the '7'. I said, 'No, I'm not bothered.' And he said, 'I know Becks will want it and I don't want him to have it'," wrote Keane in his autobiography.