“I hated him when he played for (Manchester) United. Hated him. Hate. Proper hate. But luckily I met him when he’d left United and he’s such a nice lad and he’s a brilliant footballer.” Former Oasis star and rabid Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher has become a big fan of soccer ace David Beckham, who announced his retirement from professional soccer earlier this week (beg13May13).