Sir Alex Ferguson has officially returned to Manchester United, five years after he resigned as the club’s manager.
United have been in need of a calm and collected figure head since the day Sir Alex retired. The club have made some horribly rash decisions in terms of appointing managers and splashing the cash on players. Ed Woodward has been doing everything right in terms of handling the club’s finances, but has been nothing short of disastrous on the football side of things.
All of his previous managerial appointments failed him and he was desperate to get it right this time. So who better to turn to than the man who built the club into the giant it is today?
According to reports in The Sun, Sir Alex played a key role in the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan. The Norwegian played under the legendary Scotsman for 11 years before retiring in 2007. Phelan was the former manager’s last assistant manger. Sir Alex knew that the club’s philosophy was ingrained into Solskjaer and he was deemed the perfect interim replacement following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
So far, it seems to have been a brilliant decision. Solskjaer’s United are flying, with two magnificent victories putting them firmly back into the running for a Champions League spot. The players look happy again, and the fans have rediscovered their love for football once more.
Solskjaer has referred to Sir Alex as his mentor, and is set to stay in regular contact with him. However, he will not be employed full-time, considering the massive health scare he suffered this year.
A source told The Sun: “Once Woodward had talked to the Glazers and told them he wanted Jose out, he needed to be certain he could get the right kind of figure in for the short term at least.
“That’s where Fergie came in and he helped make sure the whole thing happened with Solskjaer and Phelan.”