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Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Barclays Premier League trophy aloft outside Manchester Town Hall at the start of the Manchester City victory parade around the streets of Manchester on May 12, 2014 in Manchester, England.  United’s collapse, Luis Suarez’s brilliance: Here are some of the highs and lows of the topsy-turvy EPL season (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City lifts the Barclays Premier League trophy aloft outside Manchester Town Hall at the start of the Manchester City victory parade around the streets of Manchester on May 12, 2014 in Manchester, England.  

United’s collapse, Luis Suarez’s brilliance: Here are some of the highs and lows of the topsy-turvy EPL season (Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Paulinho, right, appeals for a penalty as teammate Roberto Soldado falls to the floor following a challenge from Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the White Hart Lane stadium in London Sunday, Dec 15 2013.Tottenham lost 5-0. (Photo: Alastair Grant/The Associated Press)

Tottenham’s Paulinho, right, appeals for a penalty as teammate Roberto Soldado falls to the floor following a challenge from Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel, left, during their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the White Hart Lane stadium in London Sunday, Dec 15 2013.Tottenham lost 5-0. (Photo: Alastair Grant/The Associated Press)

A decade after kicking a boot at David Beckham’s head, Alex Ferguson used his autobiography to criticize the star’s apparent pre-occupation with fame.

At Manchester United, Ferguson developed Beckham into one of the world’s most recognizable sportsmen, but the midfielder left United in 2003 for Real Madrid under a cloud after his relationship with the manager broke down.

“David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game,” Ferguson wrote in his autobiography, which will be released on Thursday. “I felt uncomfortable with the celebrity aspect of his life.”

By moving to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 after four years at Madrid, Ferguson said Beckham “surrendered a part of his career.”

In the 2002-03 season, Ferguson had concerns that Beckham’s “application level had dropped” and his “work-rate was dropping.” …

“The big problem for me — and I’m a football man — he fell in love with [former Spice Girl] Victoria and that changed everything,” Ferguson said Tuesday at his book launch. (Photos: Paul Baker/AFP/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

A lacklustre Manchester United required a fortuitous penalty converted by Robin van Persie and a late free kick by Wayne Rooney to overcome 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
United manager David Moyes earned his first victory at Old Trafford but only after promoted Palace had midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off for a 43rd-minute foul on Ashley Young that proved to be the turning point in the match.
Van Persie slotted home the resulting penalty, even though the foul was committed outside the box, and Rooney — wearing a thick, black headband to cover a deep gash to his forehead sustained two weeks ago — completed an uninspiring win in the 81st minute.(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A lacklustre Manchester United required a fortuitous penalty converted by Robin van Persie and a late free kick by Wayne Rooney to overcome 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

United manager David Moyes earned his first victory at Old Trafford but only after promoted Palace had midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off for a 43rd-minute foul on Ashley Young that proved to be the turning point in the match.

Van Persie slotted home the resulting penalty, even though the foul was committed outside the box, and Rooney — wearing a thick, black headband to cover a deep gash to his forehead sustained two weeks ago — completed an uninspiring win in the 81st minute.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Frazier Campbell scored from two second-half corners Sunday as newly promoted Cardiff stunned Manchester City 3-2 for its first top-flight victory in more than 50 years.

Campbell put Cardiff up 2-1 against the run of play when he nodded home from two yards out in the 79th minute and then added a second from another corner eight minutes later to secure a massive upset in the team’s first Premier League home game.

Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back in injury time but City couldn’t find an equalizer despite a full six minutes added on.
(Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

Frazier Campbell scored from two second-half corners Sunday as newly promoted Cardiff stunned Manchester City 3-2 for its first top-flight victory in more than 50 years.

Campbell put Cardiff up 2-1 against the run of play when he nodded home from two yards out in the 79th minute and then added a second from another corner eight minutes later to secure a massive upset in the team’s first Premier League home game.

Alvaro Negredo pulled a goal back in injury time but City couldn’t find an equalizer despite a full six minutes added on.

(Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool continued its perfect start to the Premier League season as Daniel Sturridge scored a superb goal to give the Reds a 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday and Arsenal brushed off talk of crisis with a 3-1 win at London rivals Fulham.

The England striker showed his technical finesse in the 21st minute after Philippe Coutinho let Jose Enrique’s low cross run past him to Sturridge, who skipped round two Villa defenders and goalkeeper Brad Guzan before poking the ball into the roof of the net with the outside of his left foot.
(Photo by Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool continued its perfect start to the Premier League season as Daniel Sturridge scored a superb goal to give the Reds a 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday and Arsenal brushed off talk of crisis with a 3-1 win at London rivals Fulham.

The England striker showed his technical finesse in the 21st minute after Philippe Coutinho let Jose Enrique’s low cross run past him to Sturridge, who skipped round two Villa defenders and goalkeeper Brad Guzan before poking the ball into the roof of the net with the outside of his left foot.

(Photo by Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace’s mascot Kayla the eagle flies before the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in south London on August 18, 2013. (Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

After 1,500 matches in charge of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson was denied a final victory Sunday to cap the most successful managerial career in British football history.But there was one final landmark for the 71-year-old Scot at West Bromwich Albion — the first 5-5 draw in the Premier League.The official retirement party was last week at home when 76,000 fans at Old Trafford saluted Ferguson and the 13th and last of the record 20 English league titles he delivered for Man United.Referee Michael Oliver blew the whistle on United’s season finale — and the last match of Ferguson’s career — at the Hawthorns in central England. From now on, the defensive fragilities on display Sunday are incoming manager David Moyes’ problem. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

After 1,500 matches in charge of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson was denied a final victory Sunday to cap the most successful managerial career in British football history.

But there was one final landmark for the 71-year-old Scot at West Bromwich Albion — the first 5-5 draw in the Premier League.

The official retirement party was last week at home when 76,000 fans at Old Trafford saluted Ferguson and the 13th and last of the record 20 English league titles he delivered for Man United.

Referee Michael Oliver blew the whistle on United’s season finale — and the last match of Ferguson’s career — at the Hawthorns in central England. From now on, the defensive fragilities on display Sunday are incoming manager David Moyes’ problem. (Photo: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Branislav Ivanovic scored with an injury time header on Wednesday to give Chelsea a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Europa League final and secure the club’s second European title in as many seasons after winning last year’s Champions League.
The Serbian defender rose at the far post to send a looping header over Benfica goalkeeper Artur from a Juan Mata corner to seal the match in the 93rd minute.
A Fernando Torres solo effort gave Chelsea the lead on the hour mark and Oscar Cardozo levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes later — setting the stage for Ivanovic’s last-gasp decider.

Branislav Ivanovic scored with an injury time header on Wednesday to give Chelsea a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Europa League final and secure the club’s second European title in as many seasons after winning last year’s Champions League.

The Serbian defender rose at the far post to send a looping header over Benfica goalkeeper Artur from a Juan Mata corner to seal the match in the 93rd minute.

A Fernando Torres solo effort gave Chelsea the lead on the hour mark and Oscar Cardozo levelled from the penalty spot eight minutes later — setting the stage for Ivanovic’s last-gasp decider.

Amid a carnival atmosphere at a rainy Old Trafford, Manchester United gave the retiring Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes a perfect send-off in their final home match by beating Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League.
Ferguson, who is stepping down at the end of the season after nearly 27 years as United manager, jumped out of his seat and punched the air in delight after Rio Ferdinand volleyed the winning goal into the back of the net in the 86th minute.
Scholes played 66 minutes in his last home match before coming off to a standing ovation from more than 76,000 fans taking one final opportunity to salute a manager and player who have contributed so much to the club over the past three decades. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a carnival atmosphere at a rainy Old Trafford, Manchester United gave the retiring Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes a perfect send-off in their final home match by beating Swansea 2-1 in the Premier League.

Ferguson, who is stepping down at the end of the season after nearly 27 years as United manager, jumped out of his seat and punched the air in delight after Rio Ferdinand volleyed the winning goal into the back of the net in the 86th minute.

Scholes played 66 minutes in his last home match before coming off to a standing ovation from more than 76,000 fans taking one final opportunity to salute a manager and player who have contributed so much to the club over the past three decades. (Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)