Galaxy’s Beckham “rests” by going full 90 for United today

i-8a248197413ba57928eb9eb5b68a5138-beckhamjuventus.jpgSeeing red: Beckham was back in a Manchester United shirt today at Old Trafford (AP Photo).

But don’t worry, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is no doubt confident David Beckham will be all rested up for the game Saturday against the New England Revolution in Boston.

United biggest stars played a lot fewer minutes, but then they have a real game Saturday against Barcelona, not one of them MLS thingies few take seriously (including, apparently, the Galaxy).

And after all this wasn’t a meaningless game, right? At least not for Becks and his best buddy Gary Neville:

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — To chants of “Fergie sign him up,” David Beckham made a one-off return to the Manchester United team on Tuesday to mark the end of best friend Gary Neville’s career.

The Galaxy gave their star midfielder permission to miss the Major League Soccer match against the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday to return to Old Trafford.

The former England captain reprised his partnership on the right flank with defender Neville that worked so well for club and country, although United lost 2-1 to Juventus.

They both received the loudest cheers at Old Trafford, where in one late moment of drama Beckham helped to restrain a fan who invaded the pitch.

Manuel Giandonato and Simone Pepe scored for the Serie A side after Wayne Rooney’s opener for the Premier League champions, who didn’t lose at home all season.

Beckham left Alex Ferguson’s United in 2003 to join Real Madrid, having graduated with Neville into the first team after winning the 1992 FA Youth Cup.

Against a Juventus XI, Beckham was also reunited with other members of the so-called “Fergie’s Fledglings,” including Ryan Giggs.

Giggs, like striker Wayne Rooney, played 30 minutes despite being set to start in the
Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday.

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  • Beaten

    How many times has Beckham “punked” the LA fans by jetting off to Europe?

    I’ve lost count…

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