Beckham out of City clash
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
ENGLAND captain David Beckham will miss the Manchester derby next month after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.
Beckham was booked in Saturday's clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, which now means he has to serve an automatic one-match ban.
The Red Devils midfielder is now out of the clash with rivals City at Maine Road on November 9.
United's midfield resources will be stretched to the limit when they travel across the city, as Roy Keane and Nicky Butt are already confirmed absentees.
Before they even think of their derby clash, United have their Champions League game with Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday.
With his side already through to the second phase, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has used the opportunity to rest a number of established stars and include some of his young pretenders.
Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez have all be rested and have not travelled with the squad on Sunday.
Ferguson has now given call-ups to Mark Lynch, Ben Williams, Daniel Nardiello, Danny Pugh, Kieran Richardson and Danish starlet Mads Timm.