VIDEO: Fan Gatecrashes Anderlecht Training Session in Manchester Park Before Crunch Europa Clash

Cameron Ramsey

Anderlecht managed to scrape a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at home in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final last week, and on Thursday night the Belgian Pro League outfit have the task of stopping Jose Mourinho's men in the second leg at Old Trafford.

It's certainly normal to presume that any major professional football club would usually have opted for a closed, secure environment to train in before a big European clash​. However thanks to a report published by nieuwsblad, it appears Rene Weiler chose a more open and very much public setting for his stars to prepare on Monday morning.


The old Roman Fort in Castleford appears to be the preferred location for the 'Paars-Wit' to run through their paces before their testing tie with the Red Devils at Old Trafford.

As the general public began their normal everyday lives, one passer-by in particular was attracted towards the peculiar sound of training drills, and could not resist getting his phone out to capture the Anderlecht players having a brisk kick-around.

No ultramodern training facilities for Weiler's men it seems, but it doesn't appear to have ​​bothered his squad, which are clearly full of invigorated enthusiasm.

Stark contrast to where the 'Special One's' stars trained - their state of the art Aon Training Complex being exclusive only to United's men.

​​United are currently four points off the pace of bitter rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table - who currently occupy the last Champions League position in fourth with 64 points.

Mourinho's squad will be wary of the domestic challenge they have in front of them if they are to catch Pep Guardiola's men, and will be looking to overturn Anderlecht at home on Monday night, as they aim to ultimately win the Europa League in order to guarantee a Champions League spot next season. 


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