On Tuesday, Manchester United played their first game at Old Trafford under new manager Louis van Gaal, but club legend Sir Alex Ferguson did not attend it.
The Scotsman, who retired from football management at the end of the Premier League-winning 2012-13 campaign, was actually in Cardiff for the UEFA Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla.
The 72-year-old was part of UEFA’s technical committee and watched his former player Cristiano Ronaldo score two goals in a 2-0 victory for Madrid at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Portugal international forward was handed the ‘Man of the Match’ award by Ferguson himself, and later posed with his former manager, his current coach Carlo Ancelotti and Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Ronaldo blossomed under Ferguson during his six years at United between 2003 and 2009, and established himself as one of the top players in the world.
For a considerable part of that period, the 29-year-old was linked with a move to Madrid, and eventually in the summer of 2009 he joined the 10-time European champions, costing the Spanish club a whooping £80 million.
The former Sporting Lisbon star was Madrid president Perez’s biggest signing that summer who did everything he possibly could to land the best player available on the market.
The Ronaldo-to-Madrid transfer saga was one of the most drawn-outs in footballing history and reportedly created a lot of tension between the two clubs.
But on Tuesday, it was all smiles.