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Football: Becks is giving a fright to Pompey; MAN UTD v PORTSMOUTH TODAY, KO 12.30PM.

Byline: DAVID McDONNELL

ENGLAND Under-21 defender Matthew Taylor has admitted that today's FA Cup tie at Old Trafford scares him.

Portsmouth wing back Taylor is likely to go head-to- head with England captain David Beckham."The thought of going up against Beckham is a bit scary. But this will be a great chance to test ourselves - both individually and collectively - to see how far we've come and how far we've got to go," Taylor said.

"Manchester United are one of those teams who will let us play. It's going to be a hell of a game - we'll try to play football and pass the ball well.

"The aim will be to get them back to Fratton Park. That would be a great, great achievement. We're top of Division One for a reason and we want to show everyone why."

Manager Harry Redknapp knows what his main focus has to be. "As everyone knows, the priority is to get this club out of the division," he said.

"Manchester United is nice but we want to get beyond the stage where we treat it as an enjoyable day out. These are the places we want to be coming week-in, week-out."

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to bring Ryan Giggs back in from the cold for today's clash.

Ferguson left Giggs out of United's last two Premiership games, and Inter Milan have expressed their interest.

The United boss revealed he rested Giggs from the festive games against Birmingham and Sunderland to recharge the winger's batteries.

"There's no problem with Ryan Giggs whatsoever," said Fergie. "Just because Ryan's been left out for two games, everyone's got him going somewhere like Inter Milan, which is nonsense."

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