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Rio Ferdinand joins extraordinary fans to watch Manchester United live

12:44 PM EST 12/3/18
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English Premier Legend, Rio Ferdinand was the guest of honour at the Lion’s Den in Lagos on Saturday as part of his trip to Lagos with Guinness, where he joined hundreds of football lovers for an evening filled with football and entertainment.

There, he watched Manchester United battle back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Southampton on in a match that did little to ease the pressure on Jose Mourinho. The visitors were forced to line up with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in defence due to injuries and found themselves two goals down after only 20 minutes at St Mary's Stadium.

Joined by Nigeria football icons, Julius Aghaowa, Victor Ikpeba and Peter Rufai, the former England international announced the first five prize winners from the consumer promotion who would be joining him to watch a live international match in Cameroon.

Before he left for the final engagement of his whistle-stop tour, he made an announcement that he had been so inspired by the nation’s passion for the beautiful game, he is joining with Guinness to find and celebrate Nigerian football fans Made of More.

“Although they live thousands of miles away from the Premier League, their knowledge and passion would rival that of any fan in the world. They show their vibrant support with chants, unparalleled player and team knowledge, humour, dance, dress, rituals and bold acts of dedication,” said Henry Esiaba, Guinness Brand Manager.

“You may be the fan who doesn’t just paint your body in your team’s colours, but the one who painted your entire house in them; or the one who invented your own unique winning dance that you break into every time your team scores a goal! Whatever makes you extraordinary, we want to celebrate your story!”

United head into back-to-back home games next week, starting with the visit of Arsenal on Wednesday before Fulham travel to Old Trafford on Saturday. Southampton visit Tottenham and then Cardiff City on those same dates.