Sir Alex Ferguson sat down with a number of senior Manchester United players ahead of their Europa League showdown against Villarreal.
The legendary Scot was invited to join the squad as a special guest on their trip to Gdansk, by one of his former players and the club’s current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Victory for United in the Poland finale (8pm) would see them claim a maiden trophy under the Norwegian.
So who better to act as first-hand inspiration than a man who steered the Old Trafford club to the Premier League title 13 times, in addition to winning the Champions League in 1999 and 2008?
When explaining the gesture to get Ferguson on board, Solskjaer said: “I sat there thinking about this man, and what he’s done for the club. He’s a special man, he’s an encyclopedia of football.
“Just to have him around when we eat, in the restaurant, if the players wonder about something they can ask him and he’s always available for a chat because he has this club in his heart. I hope he enjoys it, because I owe most of my career to him, so hopefully he will enjoy it.”
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Should they reign supreme against Spanish opponents Villarreal in Gdansk tonight, it would not only mark the first piece of silverware they have picked up under Solskjaer, but it would end a four-year trophy hiatus for United after Jose Mourinho guided them to glory in the same competition in 2017.