Fergie’s final pep talk: Sir Alex Ferguson sits down to offer ‘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 pre-match lunch
- Matic took to Instagram to thank Sir Alex for his wise words in Gdansk
Sir Alex Ferguson spoke some wise words to the current crop of Manchester United stars in the run-up to their Europa League final tonight.
Nemanja Matic took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank the club’s legendary manager for giving advice for the 8pm kick-off.
Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani all smiled as they got their picture taken with Ferguson enjoying 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’re ready to give it our all tonight! Thanks to Sir Alex for his advice and support! Matic wrote while sharing the photo on Instagram.
Ferguson won two Champions League trophies during his iconic 27-year tenure at the club and is now passing on his knowledge to the next group of United players.
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his United team relax for tonight’s final with Villarreal, the party has already begun in the Polish city, with supporters from both clubs descending to Gdansk to soak up the atmosphere in the run-up to kick-off.
Ferguson knows a thing or two about conquering Europe, having won two Champions League trophies during his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford.
After taking their 10-mile journey from Gdansk airport to the city center, United fans gathered outside the hotel where the United players were staying earlier on Wednesday morning, before brushing off the Red Devils ahead of their final training session.
The Norwegian boss acknowledged United’s team with a wave when he boarded the team coach, who left for the stadium shortly after.
The streets of the Polish city have now 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 awarded 2,000 tickets to tonight’s European showpiece at Miejski Stadium, with a total of 9,500 spectators to attend the game.
United fans have descended on Gdansk, with thousands making the trip to Poland
The atmosphere is starting to build, with 2,000 United fans attending the game tonight
Fans of United enjoy themselves leading up to the game as a man fills his glass with beer
The atmosphere in the Polish city is building, with fans heading to bars before kick-off
Among them is former United icon and Derby manager Wayne Rooney, who shared a photo of himself with son Klay flying to the clash.
An additional 500 tickets are also known to have been purchased by United fans living in Poland.
While it was all smiles for those arriving Wednesday morning, their arrival came less than 12 hours after three United fans were targeted by an unprovoked Lechia Gdansk supporters in the Polish city the night before.
United confirmed that they are helping the victims of the unprovoked incident in a city center bar, including the three who sustained minor injuries.
Wayne Rooney and his son Klay (right) flew to Gdansk to watch the final as fans
Video on social media showed a crowd of black-clad Lechia fans attacking the outdoor seating area of the Fahrenheit Club and restaurant late Tuesday night.
Previous footage showed United fans singing and drinking in the venue ahead of Solskjaer’s first-ever final as United manager.
United released a statement saying, “Club staff assisted a number of United fans in Gdansk last night and today following an incident where some of our supporters were attacked outside a bar in town.”