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Man Utd youth guru Harrison: Sir Tom Finney inspired Beckham with supportive words

Manchester United academy guru Eric Harrison has revealed how some words of praise from Sir Tom Finney set David Beckham on his way to stardom.

Beckham had stint on-loan at Preston North End as a teenager.

Harrison recalled to the Mail on Sunday: "Although Preston's team included future United boss David Moyes, it was a more celebrated man who helped Beckham's self-belief.

"Sir Tom Finney, one of the greatest English players of all time, was a Preston legend and still watched all of their matches,' said Harrison. 'After one game, he took David aside and told him what a great prospect he was, how he thought he was a really good player.

"When David came back to United and told me about that, he was glowing that someone like Tom Finney had done something like that. I do believe it made a difference and the rest is history."

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