PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain celebrated David Beckham’s arrival in the French capital with an emphatic 4-0 rout of 10-man Toulouse on Friday that provisionally pushed the title favourites three points clear at the top of Ligue 1.
Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mamadou Sakho and Gregory van der Wiel were all on target for PSG at Stade Municipal as Carlo Ancelotti’s side capped a memorable 24 hours in style.
With all the off the field headlines a day after Beckham - England’s most capped outfield player - penned a five-month deal with the Parisians, there was little sign of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star’s transfer causing any disruption to PSG’s title pursuit.
But he was still the talk of the night with PSG sporting director Leonardo revealing that the former England captain will start training on Feb.13.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who worked with Beckham at AC Milan, said that the player needs to get fit and prove he deserves a place in the team.
“He needs to train and rediscover his physical condition,” said the Italian.
“He could play as a defensive midfielder or on the right side. He will play if he deserves to.”
PSG quickly found their stride on the pitch as Pastore struck with the game’s first meaningful chance on four minutes as he volleyed in Ezequiel’s Lavezzi’s floated cross via a deflection off the unwitting Serge Aurier.
Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada was equal to subsequent efforts from Pastore and Lucas, while Salvatore Sirigu had to be alert to keep out a shot from Franck Tabanou.
Ibrahimovic then doubled PSG’s advantage nine minutes before half-time with his league-leading 20th goal of the season as he connected sweetly with a Lucas cross to plant a powerful header low into the far corner.
Toulouse’s task was made all the more challenging as Cheikh M’Bengue was dismissed for a second yellow card just before the break after scything down Lucas.
Alex Ferguson admits he was surprised to see David Beckham sign for Paris St Germain.
Ferguson didn’t think Beckham would come back to the Premier League as the boyhood United fan had previously said he could never play for another English club.
But the United manager was still shocked to see the 37-year-old former England captain unveiled by PSG on Thursday.
“I was surprised. I didn’t see that,” Ferguson told MUTV. “I didn’t think he would join an English club.
“He always said he wouldn’t after his career with United and he was true to his word. But I don’t think anyone saw PSG coming.”