Sir Alex Ferguson flies Manchester United to Gdansk in the run-up to the Europa League final against Villarreal … with the legendary former boss to support from the stands as the club seeks their first trophy since 2017
- Manchester United flew out for the Europa League final on Monday afternoon
- Sir Alex Ferguson was a surprising sight in the tour group when he also flew away
- Legendary former United boss Ferguson is no stranger to cutting ties in Europe
- David Gill, ex-CEO of United, was also photographed on the run alongside Ferguson, 79
Sir Alex Ferguson joined Manchester United for their flight to Poland ahead of their Europa League final with Villarreal.
United, which has gone in search of their first trophy since 2017, boarded their plane Monday afternoon – and their special guest, legendary former boss Ferguson, was seen in good spirits prior to the trip.
Ferguson, 79, is no stranger to breaking ties in Europe, and will watch from the stands as United try to get their first piece of silverware under current coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sir Alex Ferguson boarded Manchester United’s flight to Poland for the Europa League final
Legendary former United boss Ferguson was viewed with a positive mind as he climbed the stairs
Kitted out in his official club suit, Ferguson took a moment to beam into a camera lens as he climbed the stairs and onto the plane.
Once inside, the iconic Scot took a seat next to former United CEO David Gill.
The two men helped United become the undisputed powerhouse in the Premier League for years, and both left at the same time in 2013.
United hopes the return of both figures bodes well in their efforts to seize glory in Gdansk on Wednesday.
Ferguson was pictured once on the plane with former United CEO David Gill (left)
Ferguson has often been seen at United games, with television footage shifting towards him frequently, but it is rare for the veteran tactician to travel to a game in person with the team.
His experience of winning two Champions League trophies and the European Cup Winner’s Cup at United could be crucial in helping United prepare for their date with Destiny.
It is memorable that Ferguson also managed Aberdeen in 1983 for their own European Cup Winner’s Cup success.
Current United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) sat down next to assistant Mike Phelan
United captain Harry Maguire (left) faces a race against time to prove his fitness for the final
The upcoming release for Ferguson’s new movie entitled Sir Alex Ferguson: Never give in, saw several players from the first team attend the premiere event.
Among them was Harry Maguire, and the club captain recently revealed a conversation he shared with him and Luke Shaw about the left back’s good form.
‘I saw him [Sir Alex] a few weeks ago, ”said Maguire. ‘I was with Luke Shaw and we spoke to him.
Bruno Fernandes and Fred also jumped out with the club ahead of the game against Villarreal
Paul Pogba gave the camera a thumbs up with United in search of their first trophy since 2017
“He asked Luke how well he has progressed this season.”
His presence on the traveling troupe points to the respect he was shown in United’s dressing room.
Winning the Europa League for the second time in the past five years marks progress for the club with Solskjaer, a self-proclaimed apprentice of Ferguson, in charge.