'Sir Alex is a god at United'
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will return to the Old Trafford dug-out on Sunday afternoon for the Treble Reunion game against Bayern Munich.
Many of the stars from Sir Alex's 1998/99 squad will be gracing the pitch again, in a special charity fixture to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation.
The event takes place on the 20th anniversary of our 2-1 victory over Bayern that secured the Champions League trophy, on the back of domestic success in the Premier League and FA Cup. Fans can still buy tickets online or on the phone by calling 0161 868 8000.
“Sir Alex is a god at the club,” said Nicky Butt, who was in United's first team for 12 of the legendary manager's 27 years in charge.
“What he achieved here will never be done ever again, given the amount of trophies he won and his longevity at the club.It's great that he will be back in the dug-out on Sunday. As long as he doesn’t give out too many rollickings!
Butt, who now serves United as our Head of Academy, agrees that Sir Alex's influence over his players extended beyond the football pitch.
“You can’t underestimate the amount of positive stuff he gave to us growing up - not only in football but in life,” said the ex-England midfielder.
“Football-wise, he gave us a chance, brought us in and made us Manchester United superstars. But he also helped us become the men we are today - hard-working, passionate and wanting to still be involved football.
”It’s a reflection on him how many of the players from his squads are still working within the game and doing well in other walks of life as well.
Butt will be patrolling the midfield in Sunday's game against Bayern and is hoping the result goes in United's favour again, like it did at the Nou Camp when he was an influential figure in the engine room. He is set to feature alongside players like David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Jesper Blomqvist in the 15:00 BST kick-off.
“It will be nice to meet up with the lads, have a laugh and a joke about old times, and celebrate a memorable part of our lives - something that will live in the club’s history for many years,” said Nicky.
“More importantly, it's a chance to help the Foundation. It's a great cause that we’re all passionate about and want to be involved with.”
Get your tickets for Sunday's game by visiting www.manutd.com/treblereunion or calling 0161 868 8000 and following the instructions.
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