Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted arriving at the Paris Saint-Germain squad hotel on the morning of their close clash against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The legendary former Manchester United coach is a close friend of PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose side are looking to reverse a 2-1 first leg defeat to reach their second consecutive final.
The French giants appear to be going out of their way to try and gain an advantage at the Etihad as they sought advice from one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport, who will no doubt be keen to see dominance. of Man City brought to an end.
PSG are staying at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, which is used by United ahead of the home games at Old Trafford, and it is possible that Ferguson was asked by Pochettino to offer a few words of encouragement as they seek to progress towards their second consecutive Champions League final. .
Poch is a big fan of Fergie and he opened up about his admiration for the Scotsman in his book following a lunch meeting the couple enjoyed in 2016.
The former Spurs boss said: “It was fantastic. It was the dream come true.
“When I was young, I started my managerial career, he was my inspiration. And when you can share two hours with the person who is the greatest manager in the world of all time, you have to take advantage of it.
“I wanted time to stand still, but of course it’s impossible.”
Ferguson is also reportedly friends with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the pair have expressed concerns over recent European Super League plans which collapsed dramatically last month.
City have never made it past the last four stages and aim to reach the Promised Land and do better than rivals United in terms of successive games won in the competition.
PSG have been denied glory by Bayern Munich in 2020 and Poch’s men are sweating because of the fitness of superstar Kylian Mbappe, who has traveled with his teammates to Manchester despite concerns over a calf injury.
The Frenchman was out for the weekend’s game against Lens and Pochettino will give Mbappe until the last moment to prove his suitability to play at the Etihad.