Sir Alex Ferguson gives tips to Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Man Utd stars in Gdansk before Europa League final

MANCHESTER UNITED stars were given some last-minute nuggets of advice by club legend Sir Alex Ferguson before Wednesday's Europa League final with Villarreal.

The 79-year-old has flown out to Gdansk in Poland to cheer on the current crop of Red Devils.

And the United players are making the most of having the most decorated manager of all time in the ranks.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic uploaded a photo of himself with Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata, seated with Fergie.

The Serbian captioned it: "We are ready to give everything tonight! Thanks to Sir Alex for his advice and support!"

United take on Villarreal in Gdansk tonight aiming to end their four-year wait for a piece of silverware.

And current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – himself a European competition hero for THAT Champions League winning goal in 1999 – hopes winning this year's Europa League will lead to bigger things.

He said: "These are big nights for us. We have five wins in Europe and it might be the stepping stone for something better to come, a bright future.

"This is a young team and it’s a team we have rebuilt over the last couple of years so hopefully this is the start of something more.

"When players get the taste of success and win trophies, it can go two ways – 'We’ve done it now and we can relax' or it just gives you more of that feeling.


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"You want more, you want it all the time, you want the feeling again with your team-mates, with your club.

"I trust these players. I’ve seen something grow inside them – more and more confident, more robust, resilient – and as a group, I’m confident we’re ready for this now."

But despite the long wait for another trophy, Solskjaer knows his side are favourites to do the business in Poland after four semi-final exits under the Norwegian.


He added: "Every player who goes into a final has the expectation and pressure to win.

"We prepare to win, we plan to win, we expect to win, but I’m sure Unai Emery feels the same with his Villarreal team and his players.

"When players sign for Manchester United they do so to win trophies.

"They accept the challenge of being the best because this is the best club in the world, so that is the pressure of Manchester United."

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