Possibly tiring of all the controversy surrounding his choice of David Beckham as Wednesday's Man of the Match, Steve Bruce has come clean. "Yes, it's true. I love David Beckham. It's a beard thing. I just want to run my fingers through his beard. I want to feel his beard all over my body. ITV can go to hell. David will always be my Man of the Match."
Sunderland boss Bruce was once a team mate of Beckham's at Manchester United. However, Bruce insists that his relationship was Beckham was purely professional in those days. "He usually didn't have a beard and when he tried to grow one it was just bumfluff. But now he is all man!"
David Beckham is yet to comment on these revelations. He was last seen heading towards the bathroom with a sack full of Gillette shaving equipment.