It was just like any other day at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground. The players who weren’t on World Cup duty had returned, the manager was sussing out which youngsters should go on loan, the Kwakwaka-Wakw tribe popped by for a chat…

Ok, so actually, a fairly unusual day for United, with the Canadian Indian tribe from Vancouver visiting our training ground after a visit to Salford. Their totem pole, which can be found outside the Lowry Outlet, needed repairing, so the tribe travelled over to carry out some restoration work.

The totem pole, which is unique in Britain, was given in 1969 as a gesture of the link in trade and friendship between the Manchester Liners and Canada. It is 37 foot high and was originally located at the main entrance of Manchester Liners House.

It’s not very often you see your manager dressed up in traditional Canadian Indian attire, but good on him for giving it a go!




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