Silvestre claims Man Utd stars intervened after Ferguson and Beckham bust-up

Mikael Silvestre has revealed Man Utd players were forced to separate Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham following their infamous dressing room bust-up.

The former United defender featured in his side's 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round in 2003, which sparked the post-match row between his boss and teammate.

Ferguson was furious at United's performance and kicked a boot in frustration, which hit Beckham in the face, causing a nasty gash above the midfielder's eye.

"I was there," said Silvestre, speaking to FourFourTwo magazine. "Everyone was shocked, but things like this happen in dressing rooms. It was a random kick by the boss – it was just unfortunate that the boot went straight into Beckham’s face!

"He was very angry and we had to intervene to prevent a confrontation. But that was the end of it then.

"Still, it impacted their relationship, and was probably among the reasons why David left that summer and signed for Real Madrid."

United had been well below par during the match at Old Trafford, in which Ryan Giggs missed a glaring open goal.

Ferguson was renowned for dishing out his 'hairdryer treatment' to under-performing stars, and took his anger out on his team at full-time.

However Silvestre claimed the Scot's temper did not flare up as often as many have been led to believe.

"The hairdryer treatment wasn’t a big thing honestly," he added. "Other managers do it as well. With him it was famous but it wasn’t his main style."

Silvestre was fortunate to play under Fergie for nine years after joining from Inter Milan in 1999.

His only trophy successes at club level did indeed come at United, where he won four Premier League titles, one Champions League and two domestic cups – just a portion of what Ferguson collected during his time in charge.

Adding of his former manager, Silvestre said: "He was obviously very passionate about the game but where he also stood out was in his capacity and willingness to give his assistants loads of responsibility, in terms of training and building the team for games.

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