Beckham 8/1 to score free-kick

AC Milan midfielder David Beckham can be backed at 4/1 to score against former employers Manchester United at the San Siro on Tuesday in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The bookies make the former Old Trafford star 8/1 to net with a free-kick, or alternatively 5/2 to get a yellow card, 33/1 to be sent off and 8/1 to receive a card for a challenge on England team-mate Wayne Rooney.

The 34-year-old faces Sir Alex Ferguson's side for the first time since leaving the Red Devils for Real Madrid in 2003.

And although the ex-England captain is not guaranteed to start the match, bookmakers have gone into overdrive with markets for the LA Galaxy man.

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"The prospect of Beckham locking horns with Fergie has prompted a surge in interest. He remains one of the biggest draws in world sport and that translates itself into huge betting turnover," said David Williams of Ladbrokes.

United are the narrow 6/4 favourites for the clash in Milan, with the hosts at 8/5.

"We're laying plenty of United but would much prefer to be laying Milan. We'll be cheering on the Italians at this rate," he added.

Latest Ladbrokes betting:

8/5 Milan 6/4 United 2/1 Draw

David Beckham Specials

4/1 To score 5/2 To be booked 33/1 To be sent-off 8/1 To be booked or sent-off for a foul on Wayne Rooney 50/1 To score an own goal 8/1 To score a free-kick 6/1 To score from outside the box 33/1 To score a 2+goals 33/1 To score a header 12/1 To hit the woodwork 100/1 To score from inside his own half

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