Manchester United's players enjoyed a night out at the theatre on Thursday, just 48 hours before one of the biggest games of their careers.
Sir Alex Ferguson and his men went to watch Jersey Boys at Prince Edward Theatre, a team bonding exercise ahead of this weekend's European Cup final against Barcelona at Wembley.
The show, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is one of the most popular in London's West End but the presence of star players like Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand would have surprised theatregoers.
Out on the town: Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs
Ferguson will be keen for his squad to spend time together in the crucial hours leading up to the big match on Saturday night.
United's manager has suggested that he knows why the Reds lost the 2009 final against Barcelona in Rome, and has always been keen that the preparation for these big matches should be perfect.
London calling: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and midfield star Park Ji-Sung in the capital on Thursday night
Ryan Giggs was among the players out in public. The Welshman was named by an MP in the House of Commons earlier this week as having taken out an injunction over an alleged affair with reality television star Imogen Thomas.
Break a leg: Chris Smalling and Ryan Giggs at Prince Edward Theatre in London
Earlier on Thursday, United's players boarded a train from Stockport to London.
The day before the big match will involve plenty of last-minute preparations, including a leisurely morning stroll in the capital, and training session at Wembley in the evening.
The match between United and Barcelona will intrigue football fans the world over. Barcelona have been touted by some pundits as the best club side of all time, while United are in their third European Cup final in four years.
All aboard: United players wait at Stockport train station on Thursday afternoon
Can Red Bull give Rooney wings? Star striker Wayne and John O'Shea enjoying their train journey. Although Rooney recently lost his deal with Coca-Cola, they had plenty of goodies on hand with cans of Pepsi, Red Bull and crisps to enjoy. In the background, Ryan Giggs takes a nap after his tough week
Midfielder Paul Scholes believes United can be a match for their illustrious opponents, saying: 'There is no doubt the two best teams have made it to the final. Barcelona are the ultimate. They are what we all look to and want to play like.
United greats: Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs leave United's London hotel on Friday morning
'But our football can be just as good as theirs at times. We have a lot of quality too.
Both teams want to go forward and score goals, so I don't think anyone could ask for a bigger or a better final.'
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