Wenger suggests Ferguson could return to Manchester United

Alex Ferguson Retires Still

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asserted on Friday his belief that Sir Alex Ferguson could possibly return as manager of Manchester United.

The 71-year-old Scot retired from the champions at the end last season in May and now his successor as the Premier League’s longest-serving manager, Wenger, has suggested the case might not be as closed as it appears for Ferguson.

'In six months we’ll know more about that,' Wenger responded to reporters who asked whether Ferguson could return to Old Trafford. 'You cannot rule it out completely. Its difficult to take a drug for 30 years and suddenly get rid of it.'

Ferguson’s successor as United manager, David Moyes recorded an important win on Saturday against Stoke, winning 3-2 after going behind twice in front of the home fans. However, United remain in 8th place in the league having taken 14 points from an available 27, winning just four games, losing three and drawing two.

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It was never going to be easy for Moyes who has remained very dignified, open and honest under incredibly intense pressure, scrutiny and criticism since he arrived in June and I suspect that, despite Wenger’s suggestions, Ferguson has no desire to return.

The boss who was in charge of the Red Devils for 26 years released his autobiography last week, causing something of a stir, and from the sounds of it, he’s had quite his fill of football management (at least at club level) and I very much think, especially evidenced by his comments on Wayne Rooney being Moyes’ problem now, that he really does intend to remain retired now.

He will have been pleased to go out on a high note, no doubt, and I suspect he knows the game has changed over the last couple of decades and the days when one team completely dominates in the way that United have done for twenty years, are unlikely to be repeated by any team or any manager in this country.

Wenger is perhaps just being objective and pragmatic – of course, it’s not impossible – but I think it is highly unlikely that Sir Alex Ferguson will return to charge at Manchester United.

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