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20th Apr 2017

WATCH: Anderlecht players spotted training in Manchester city centre ahead of Europa tie with Man United

Imagine bumping into this lot on your morning cycle

Nooruddean Choudry

Well, you may as well experience some local culture whilst preparing for the big game.

Ahead of the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Manchester United, Anderlecht decided to partake in a bit of light pre-game training in the most public of surrounds – pretty much slap bang in the middle of Manchester City centre.

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They found a nice oasis in the urban sprawl in the historic Castlefield area of town, not far from the old Granada Studios. The conservation space is home to an old Roman fort, part of which is still standing, and it acted as a pleasant backdrop to some loosening exercises by the Belgian outfit.

Local chap Rob Pimlott was at hand to film the players in action, who seemed happy enough to mingle with the locals, and accept the cheery Manc’s very courteous sentiments of good luck. Most likely requiring a victory at Old Trafford after 1-1 draw in the first leg, they may need it.