He said: "It is true the manager had serious problems with the Beckhams' lifestyle. Beckham thought that a celebrity lifestyle, being drawn increasingly into the showbiz world of his wife Victoria, was compatible with the regime of a professional footballer. His manager did not. But there was never any question of the player being driven out of United.
"I can say this with great conviction because I saw the contract he rejected when he decided to leave for Real Madrid. It was an excellent, generous offer and certainly did not resemble a goodbye note."