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All Things Footie | Wednesday, June 18 | Jordan

Adios David!

I have to say I’m feeling rather smug (5th paragraph down). As an Arsenal fan I’m actually gutted about Beckham leaving United, it just means they’ve got a big wad of cash to splash out on whoever they want — most probably Arsenal targets Paul Robinson and Harry Kewell. For what it’s worth I think Real will get Ronaldinho too.

United wont be the same team without Beckham, whoever they sign to replace him. Just about every sport is as much mental as physical, and though Beckham’s influence on Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt may have waned in the Posh years; I still expect they’ll be sad to see a mate leave.

From what Real Madrid and Spanish press have to say, it seems Beckham will be used in the centre of midfield — there’s no scope for wingers who can’t run with the ball in Spain. This will make his position as England’s right winger a little precarious, obviously he’ll be in the team, and captain still, but maybe it would be better to move him inside and use Gerrard on the right (a position I think he’s always looked more comfortable for his country).

Real’s ‘victory’ will only strengthen the opinion that La Liga has the edge over the Premiership, it now has the World’s most recognised footballer and arguably its biggest star, in the hollywood sense of the word. I prefer to think of it as a victory of style over substance. Sure they’ve got Beckham, and more flash players than you could shake a diamonté encrusted stick at, but I’d take Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira over Figo vs Beckham any day.

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