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Sir Alex Ferguson joins Sale Sharks ahead of Gallagher Premiership Final

Legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave the Sale Sharks players a team-talk, ahead of the 2023 Gallagher Premiership final this Saturday.

Ferguson was well-versed in bringing silverware to the Greater Manchester region, as the former manager of Premier League giants Manchester United.

Sale are about to embark on their first Premiership Final since 2006, and brought in the iconic manager to help prepare the team. City AM reported how Ferguson is an inspiration to Sale Sharks Head Coach Alex Sanderson, and the rest of the Sale Sharks squad.

Ferguson won the Premier League 13 times with United as well as two Champions League titles. The 81-year-old certainly knows how to bring home a trophy on the biggest stage, and it is not the first time that he has been brought in ahead of a high profile rugby match.

Sir Alex Ferguson watches from the directors box during the Carabao Cup 1st round match between Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday 10th August 2021, Weston Homes Stadium, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – Photo: Dave Rowntree/PPAUK

Former England Head Coach Eddie Jones utilised Sir Alex’s expertise, ahead of England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup Final against South Africa. Sale Sharks are without their captain Ben Curry, who suffered a hamstring injury after a controversial ‘crocodile roll’ against Leicester Tigers in the semi-final.

Ben Curry of Sale Sharks is Man of the match after the Gallagher Premiership match between Harlequins and Sale Sharks at Twickenham Stoop, London on 8 January 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Saracens are considered favourites for the match, and are out to right the wrongs of last year’s Premiership Final.

A match-winning drop goal from Freddie Burns won the title for Leicester Tigers last season, with Sarries left distraught after the arduous campaign. Saracens are lining up their sixth Premiership title this weekend.

Every Gallagher Premiership club’s most famous fan has been named

From Mary Berry to Sir Alex Ferguson, we run through the stars in the stands for every top-flight team

Bath RFC: Mary Berry

Best known for her cakes – that definitely do not have a soggy bottom – she is beloved across the nation. The 84-year-old, who is best known for previously judging on The Great British Bake Off and her 75 cookbooks, was born in Bath has been involved with the club on a number of occasions. Radio 1 DJ Greg James also supports the black, blue and whites.

Bristol Bears: Simon Pegg

The famous actor, best known for Star Trek, Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, revealed in his autobiography that attended Bristol matches when attending university in the city. He revealed in an interview in 2017 that he still follows the team and he hopes to get to a game in the near future

Exeter Chiefs: Liam Tancock

Affectionately known as ‘The Tank’, Liam Tancock is a Devon born athlete to make his mark on the sporting world. Born in Exeter, Liam played for the Exeter Chiefs until he was 13 when his coach persuaded him to pursue a career in swimming over rugby. Keeping his roots close to his heart, he is a keen supporter of Exeter City Football Club and Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.