Sir Alex Ferguson said he was living the dream last night as he aims to guide Manchester United to a fourth European Cup triumph.
The Old Trafford supremo will tonight send his side out in the glamorous Allianz Arena for a Champions League quarter-final first leg battle with Bayern Munich and it is a stage where he feels United belong.
The venue provides the perfect backdrop for another heavyweight European contest.
“I have always dreamed about being involved in Europe,” said Ferguson.
“When I first went into European football with Aberdeen, we played Real Madrid in the Cup Winners' Cup final in 1983. That was the start of the dream. We played Bayern in the quarter-final that year and Liverpool on one occasion.
“They were nights you wanted to have all your life.
“When they changed the old format of the European Cup to the Champions League, (it was) all the best teams. You always hoped to play against the likes of Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern. We have got our cake and everyone who is involved in Europe is eating it.”
Ferguson added: “Both clubs have created a lot of history in European football and people back home know what happened in 1999.”