Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a mentor to Chris Wilder.

Which is why the Sun reports the two had a glass of wine together after Sheffield United drew 3-3 with the Red Devils.

Ferguson was present at Bramall Lane to watch his former team take on the Blades on Sunday. It was the first time the two sides had met in the Premier League since he was in charge.

The hosts took a 2-0 lead in a dominant first 70 minutes. Yet Man United went ahead with three goals in nine minutes, only for Oli McBurnie to score a 90th minute equaliser.

This was just the latest positive result for Wilder’s men against last season’s top six. The Blades have also drawn at Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur and beaten Arsenal.

How long has Ferguson been a mentor to Wilder?

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Famed for helping lower league coaches in their careers, the Scot has done the same for Wilder since his first steps into management.

The 52-year-old has enjoyed an impressive rise through the divisions. Wilder has won promotion from all five leagues below the top flight.

This has included going up twice in three seasons with the Blades to take them back to the Premier League for the first time in 12 years. The last time they were there in 2006/07, Ferguson was the boss at Old Trafford.

Now the 77-year-old enjoys watching from the stands, having retired in 2013. And after seeingWilder’s team comeback to draw at the weekend, he asked to be taken down to see the Yorkshireman after the game.

They apparently chatted for an hour while drinking wine, discussing what was certainly an entertaining match in South Yorkshire.

Wilder is clearly keen to learn from those that went before him in football management. He also recently described former Blades boss, Dave Bassett, as a mentor.

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