David Beckham enjoyed an impressive return for Milan side as they defeated Genoa 5-2 at the San Siro.
Watched by England coach Fabio Capello, Beckham fitted in well on the right side of a three-man attack in his first game since beginning a second loan spell.
“I was happy with the game and happy with the win and it’s just great to be back,” Beckham, 34, said.
“It’s important that I work hard and perform well and I felt that I did that, but it’s just one game.”
Injuries to Alexandre Pato and Clarence Seedorf meant Beckham, who is on loan from LA Galaxy, played further forward than usual.
“That is the synthesis of what he is about. He has an absolute willingness to help,” said Milan coach Leonardo.
“He had a week where we tried him in every role. He has extraordinary quality and tactical intelligence.”
The midfielder only discovered after the match that Capello had returned to his former club to monitor his progress.
“I didn’t know he was there, I only found out afterwards,” Beckham added.
“But he loves football and he’ll go to every game possible. Obviously being in Italy over Christmas, he was able to come to this game.”
Milan are eight points behind leader Inter Milan, with a game in hand.