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Beckham catches pitch invader

David Beckham was only too happy to skip an MLS match for the LA Galaxy in order to play in best friend Gary Neville’s testimonial at Old Trafford.

But Becks could never have dreamt that he would end up becoming an impromptu steward during the game, which saw United take on Italian giants Juventus.

The former England captain was preparing to take a corner kick late in the match when play was interrupted by an impish pitch invader, who was clearly enjoying every second of his moment in the limelight as he ran circles round stewards on the hallowed turf.

But the teenage invader hadn’t bargained on the world’s most famous athlete giving the security men a hand: Beckham spread his arms wide and grabbed the invader, but then almost appeared to think twice about what he’d done as he appeared to beg stewards not to throw the young scamp out.

No doubt it was more than their jobs were worth to have agreed to that, though, and the teen was booted out into the cold Manchester night, where he ended up missing the end of United’s 2-1 defeat.

You can watch the video below, or click here to see our picture gallery from the match.