Former Manchester United academy graduate Luke Chadwick has defended his old team-mate David Beckham following a series of tweets from Piers Morgan.
The Sun columnist launched a scathing attack on the former England international after watching Super Bowl LVI.
While lapping up the performance of Odwell Beckham Jr for the victorious LA Rams, Morgan took the opportunity to slam ex-Manchester United star David Beckham.
Morgan tweeted: “Great to watch a Beckham who can actually play football… #Superbowl”
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 13, 2022
BBC Sport pundit Gary Lineker was having none of it, and replied: “You might dislike him, for whatever reason, but David Beckham was a great footballer. One of our finest.”
It didn’t take long for Morgan to run his mouth again, tweeting: “You might want to suck up to him, for whatever reason, but Beckham was the most overrated player in history. Wouldn’t have got onto the Arsenal Invincibles bench.”
And this is when Lineker came in with the perfect reply, adding: “Six Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, one Champions League, one La Liga, one Ligue 1. Balon d’Or runner up. 115 caps for England, 59 as captain.
“One of the best crossers of the ball the game has ever seen. Yeah, overrated.”
However, Chadwick says it’s strange to hear Beckham being talked about as overrated. He told Caught Offside that the 46-year-old was up there with the likes of Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
“It’s quite a strange thing to say, that David Beckham wasn’t world class, in my opinion. Anyone who’s played alongside him, or against him, or anyone who’s watched him can’t really Beckham wasn’t world class,” Chadwick said.
“He had great ability, incredible technique, and great work rate as well. He was such a hard worker in every game, and every day in training. He wasn’t just goals and assists, he had so much to his game.
“In my opinion he does rank up there with those three. I think it would be unfair to say Gerrard, Scholes or Lampard were that far ahead of him. I think out of the four of them Beckham had the best technique with the way he could strike the ball. He’s right up there with the best to play in the Premier League, and he did it at Real Madrid as well.
“I think sometimes we forget how good he was because he was such a world superstar with all the stuff going on with him off the pitch. But you think of that England Golden Generation, some of the players we’ve mentioned there, Beckham was the captain of that team, he was obviously highly regarded because of how he led by example and played the game.”
Morgan has shows everyone that he doesn’t know a great deal about football, even suggesting that Freddie Ljungberg was better than Beckham.
Yeah, right, on what planet?