Man Utd boss Fergie: Becks won’t turn the US into a soccer-loving country

Fergie said: “In the late 70s I went to America with Aberdeen and there were guys like Teofilo Cubillas and Peter Shilton there.

“Before that there was Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer. It is difficult with David going there – I don’t know what kind of impact he can make.

“David Beckham himself can’t change the whole country.

“The size of the country makes it difficult. In European football, and especially in British football, you can travel easily.

“If you are Boston and need to go to Los Angeles it’s a six-hour flight. Supporters don’t travel so you are missing that rivalry between fans.

“So you have a problem. To make it substantial you would have to go regional but there’s not enough teams to have four strong leagues.

“What you have got in the States is that a lot of kids are playing football and there is nowhere to go.

“The best American players go to Europe very early, like Brad Friedel, Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey. So that situation doesn’t help the American game.”