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Cole’s predicting tough night ahead for old Manchester United pal Beckham

Andy Cole thinks former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham is in for an uncomfortable night in the San Siro this evening.

For the first time since leaving the club he supported and served with such distinction in 2003, Beckham goes up against United with AC Milan in the Champions League first knock-out round.

Beckham has already declared it is “the right time” to face his old team. But from his own experience, Cole knows the emotions cannot be easily suppressed on such a special night.

“It is going to be very difficult for Becks,” said Cole.

“Manchester United were the club he always wanted to play for; the club he won so much at and served with such distinction.

“The fans love him and he has a special place in the club's history.

“He has nothing to prove but it is the first time, and there will be so much going through his mind. It is bound to be hard.”

Not that Cole believes it will prevent Beckham scoring the winner if that is what fate decrees.

AC Milan might be written off in some quarters as a team that is too old, but it is not an opinion Cole is willing to subscribe to.

“Age is just a word,” the former England star said.

“They said exactly the same thing when United last went there three years ago and they got beaten 3-0.

“Once you get out onto that pitch, it doesn't matter how old you are, and that goes for David Beckham, Paul Scholes and all the other players who are labelled in that bracket.”

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