Elton John greets Manchester City’s FA Cup winners at airport
By Robert O'Connor, PA Sport
Manchester City were greeted by Sir Elton John as they touched down at Manchester Airport on their return from winning the FA Cup at Wembley.
The club posted videos of the squad posing for pictures with the 76-year-old rock star on the tarmac late on Saturday.
City manager Pep Guardiola said ahead of the final, which City won 2-1 against Manchester United, he had attended John’s Manchester concert last week as he sought to take his mind off a defining period in the club’s history.
The club’s Twitter feed titled one of the videos of the meeting “you can tell everybody we have won the FA Cup”, a reference to a line from the 1971 hit Your Song.
John posted a picture on Instagram of him holding the FA Cup surrounded by Manchester City staff, including Guardiola.
City’s staff can be seen in video on Twitter taking pictures with the star while singing Your Song.
John wrote: “Look who I ran into at Manchester Airport!
“Congratulations on an incredible double.
“Fingers crossed for the treble…”
John was a boyhood fan of Watford and bought the football club in 1976, becoming chairman and president.
Watford are now in the Championship but played Premier League champions Manchester City in the 2019 FA Cup final, losing 6-0.
The 76-year-old had performed his final gig of three in the city earlier in that night.
As he left the City players, John called out: ‘One more next week!’ in reference to the third trophy they could win this season.
City were victorious at Wembley thanks to a goal in either half from Ilkay Gundogan as they added the trophy to the Premier League title they won in May.
They face Inter Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul on Saturday seeking to become only the second English club after Manchester United to have won all three major trophies in a single season.