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The Real Story behind the Fergie and Beckham Flying Boot Incident
The famous incident of Beckham's cut eye was caused, not by a boot kicked by United manager Alex Ferguson, but by a boot wielded by Fergie's hand.
The pair argued as Ferguson raged at Becks' poor performance - leading to the fiery Scot picking up a boot and hitting Beckham on the head with it. As the rest of the United squad struggled to keep the pair apart, Newcastle's manager Bobby Robson, who was watching the game, was fetched by a member of United's staff.
He immediately set to work on defusing the situation and succeeded in calming Fergie down - though Beckham was still fuming when he left the ground after the match, telling the Arsenal players that Fergie was a nutter, though not in so many words.