• Ryan Giggs and the Class of 92 have confirmed David Beckham turned down the chance to work with them at Salford City
  • Former United players want to get part-time City to the Football League
  • However, Beckham was already too heavily involved with MLS franchise 

Joe Bernstein for MailOnline

David Beckham turned down the chance of joining his Manchester United Class of 92 pals at Salford City to work on winning an MLS franchise in America.

Ryan Giggs confirmed that he and fellow United greats Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville approached Beckham last year to be part of their dream of taking the part-time club into the Football League, but had been knocked back.

‘The conversation was had,’ said Giggs. ‘Becks was busy with trying to get an MLS franchise so the timing wasn’t great which we understood. He was busy and still is busy. It was a shame.’

The Class of 92 pose on the red carpet at the World Premier of 'The Class of 92' at Odeon in London 2013

The Class of 92 pose on the red carpet at the World Premier of ‘The Class of 92’ at Odeon in London 2013

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt admit they invited David Beckham to join their Salford City adventure

Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt admit they invited David Beckham to join their Salford City adventure

Beckham was already heavily involved in an MLS franchise and turned down the Salford City opportunity 

Beckham was already heavily involved in an MLS franchise and turned down the Salford City opportunity 

Giggs was speaking at the launch of A Class of 92: Out Of Their League, a fly-on-the-wall television documentary that will be screened on the BBC in September showing how Salford won promotion from the eighth tier of English football in their first full season under their famous owners.

In a particularly revealing scene, Scholes snubs an attempt by Gary Neville to coax him out of retirement to play for Salford in an FA Cup tie, by shouting down the phone ‘I’m as fat as f***’.

Speaking afterwards, Scholes confirmed that at the age of 40 he would not be putting on his boots for Salford and is instead looking ahead to a career in coaching.

‘I thought about it (playing again) for a minute if Gary said he was playing too. But if you look at me and Gary now, I think you’ll see it’s too late now.

‘Coaching is something I would be interested in getting into. I coach my son’s team on a Thursday and it’s nice when you see the kids’ eyes light up seeing you there.

‘I did a session or two last season at Salford because we were asked by the manager but they don’t need me to do that now and it’s not the job of the owners to go down and do coaching unless you are asked. I’ve had the one offer in management at Oldham, maybe in the future it might be something.

Phil Neville, Scholes and Gary Neville wrap up warm as they watch Brighouse Town v Salford City in January 

Phil Neville, Scholes and Gary Neville wrap up warm as they watch Brighouse Town v Salford City in January 

The Class of 92 own 50% of semi-professional Salford, who begin their campaign in the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division on Saturday against Marine with the other half owned by their Singaporean billionaire friend Peter Lim, who once tried to buy Liverpool.

Their involvement has created an unprecedented level of interest in Salford whose Moor Lane ground holds a capacity of only 1,400.

Gary Neville has set the club a target of moving to a 25,000-capacity stadium and playing in the Football League.

Salford City's (L-R) Jason Jarrett, Gareth Seddon, Anthony Johnson, and Bernard Morley pose at a screening

Salford City’s (L-R) Jason Jarrett, Gareth Seddon, Anthony Johnson, and Bernard Morley pose at a screening

Giggs said: ‘As usual, the idea of owning a football club was Gary. We wanted something where we could look 10 or 15 years ahead and that could only be owners. We didn’t know which club and then it was in front of us, I grew up in Salford, Scholesy was born in Salford.

The documentary deals with the sacking of manager Phil Power and Giggs admitted: ‘We felt we were underachieving, and as owners we would do something about it.

‘When you dip below what you want to achieve, you expect questions to be asked.

‘Our aspirations are to be in the football league and have a 25,000 seater stadium. We can’t do that without someone like Peter Lim. We needed his investment, his expertise.

 


The comments below have not been moderated.

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

Who is this week’s top commenter?
Find out now