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Sir Alex Ferguson would secretly visit cathedrals before big Man Utd games in Europe

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Alex Ferguson would secretly ­visit cathedrals before big Man United matches in Europe. The ex-Red Devils boss – perhaps seeking divine help – sometimes took players along too.

Goal ace Brian McClair went with Fergie to see the St Elisabeth Cathedral in Kosice, Slovakia before United beat FC Kosice 3-0 in a Champions League group match.

McClair came on in the last 15 minutes. The visits were revealed by footie writer Henry Winter, who says Sir Alex – once in Christian group the Boys’ Brigade – is a culture vulture.

Explaining how he ran into him in Kosice, he said: “I’m a former choirboy – I love going in listening to the choirs and hearing...

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