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Taking on Sir Alex a dream come true for Brendan Rodgers

When Brendan Rodgers was a teenager, he travelled to Old Trafford with dreams of making it as a footballer with the mighty Manchester United.



By his own admission he wasn’t good enough to make the cut.

Over 20 years on, he will return to the Theatre of Dreams on May 6 as a Premier League manager with Swansea to take on the great Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of United when Rodgers was in Manchester first time around.

The match with Swansea is United’s last home fixture of the season. They could be champions by then with the trophy presentation taking place that day.

Alternatively they might need points to win their 20th title.

Whatever way it works out, Rodgers is relishing the prospect of his visit to Old Trafford — and he intends leaving with a famous victory.

“It'll be incredible going there,” he says.

“It is one of the biggest jungles in world football.

“It is magnificent how they have built over the years with Sir Alex.

“But while we will go there and enjoy the experience it is a game we will want to perform well in and it is a game we'll think we can win.

“Otherwise we might as well stay here. That's how we have played against all the big teams this season.

“We defeated Man City and Arsenal here and should have beaten Chelsea, who scored an equaliser in injury time. We also drew with Tottenham and away to Liverpool so we are capable of competing with the bigger sides.”

Earlier in the season United narrowly won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium. The meeting gave Rodgers an opportunity to discuss life as a top flight boss with a man who it seems has been around forever.

“Sir Alex was brilliant when he came here with United earlier in the season,” says Brendan.

“When they played us at the Liberty it was the first time I'd got to talk to him and he gave me some brilliant advice after the match.”

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