Fergie’s final pep talk: Sir Alex Ferguson sits down to give ‘advice and support’ to Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic hours before Man United’s Europa League clash
- Sir Alex Ferguson has given the United stars a pep talk ahead of tonight’s final
- Legendary Scot joined Matic, Mata, Fernandes and Cavani for a pre-match lunch
- Matic took to Instagram to thank Sir Alex for his words of wisdom out in Gdansk
Sir Alex Ferguson passed on some words of wisdom to Manchester United’s current crop of stars ahead of their Europa League final tonight.
Nemanja Matic took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the club’s legendary manager for providing them with some advice before the 8pm kick-off.
Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani all smiled as they had their picture taken with Ferguson as they enjoyed some downtime in Gdansk.
(Left to right) Sir Alex Ferguson sat down with Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic to pass on some words of advice ahead of their Europa League final
‘We are ready to give everything tonight! Thanks to Sir Alex for his advice and support!’ Matic wrote as he shared the picture on Instagram.
Ferguson won two Champions League trophies during his iconic 27-year tenure at the club, and is now passing on his knowledge onto the next group of United players.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his United team are relaxing ahead of tonight’s final with Villarreal, the party in the Polish city has already begun, with supporters from both clubs descending on Gdansk to take in the atmosphere in the build up to kick-off.
Ferguson knows a thing or two about conquering Europe, given that he has won two Champions League trophies during his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford
After making their 10-mile journey from Gdansk airport into the city centre, United fans congregated outside the hotel where the United players were staying earlier on Wednesday morning, before they waved off the Red Devils ahead of their final training session.
The Norwegian boss acknowledged the United contingent with a wave as he boarded the team coach, which set off for the stadium shortly after.
The streets of the Polish city have now been turned into a sea of red and yellow, with Villarreal fans soaking up the atmosphere ahead of their first ever European final.
United and Villarreal have both been allocated 2,000 tickets each for tonight’s European showpiece at the the Stadion Miejski, with a total of 9,500 spectators to attend the game.
United fans have descended on Gdansk, with thousands making the trip over to Poland
The atmosphere is starting to build, with 2,000 United fans attending the game tonight
United fans enjoy themselves in the build-up to the game as one man fills his glass with beer
The atmosphere in the Polish city is building, with fans heading to bars ahead of kick-off
Among them is former United icon and Derby manager Wayne Rooney, who shared a picture of himself with son Klay flying out for the clash.
It’s also understood a further 500 tickets have been purchased by United fans living in Poland.
While it was all smiles for those touching down on Wednesday morning, their arrival came less than 12 hours after three United fans were targeted in an unprovoked by Lechia Gdansk supporters in the Polish city the night before.
United confirmed that they are helping the victims of the unprovoked incident at a city centre bar including the three who suffered minor injuries.
Wayne Rooney and his son Klay (right) have flown out to Gdansk to watch the final as fans
Video on social media showed a mob of Lechia fans dressed in black attacking the outside seating area of the Fahrenheit Club and Restaurant late on Tuesday night.
Earlier footage had shown United fans chanting and drinking in the venue ahead of Solskjaer’s first ever final as a United manager.
United issued a statement saying: ‘Club staff were assisting a number of United fans in Gdansk last night and today after an incident where some of our supporters were attacked outside a bar in the city.’
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