The dressing room incident when Alex Ferguson kicked a boot into David Beckham’s face has grown in infamy, and is a key moment in the relationship between the pair.
Soon after, Beckham left for Real Madrid, having been a central member of Fergie’s Fledglings, who made sure the success modelled around Eric Cantona continued when the Frenchman left Manchester United.
The two United icons have patched up their differences however, to the extent that Becks has referred to Fergie as a “father”, as well as the best manager he has had the privilege to work under.
Speaking to the PSG website after Fergie announced his retirement, Beckham said: "As I have said many times before, the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under.
"He was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.
“Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career."
Beckham says that without the guidance of Fergie, the red card he received while playing for England against Argentina at the 1998 World Could seriously have damaged his career.
And he has consequently thanked the 71-year-old legend for the influence he has had in his glittering life as a professional footballer.
"After '98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection," Beckham said.
"I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him. Thank you boss and enjoy the rest!"