Man United - Sir Alex back until the end of the season?

Sir Alex Ferguson

The problems facing Manchester United manager David Moyes look insurmountable - having failed to inspire the players and losing the trust of many fans, the Scotsman appears to have run out of ideas.

No-one is scared of playing Manchester United any more. Old Trafford is no longer a fortress. And the fans are up in arms, as 'the chosen one' appears instead to be 'the clueless one'.

It's not all down to Moyes, however. After all, he was the guy hand picked for the job as Manchester United's manager by predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson. Shouldn't Fergie, some fans say, then do the honourable thing and take back control, at least until the end of the season ? 

The theory goes that Moyes is out of his depth, and with him at the helm Manchester United will not make the top 4. Striker Wayne Rooney won't sign another contract absent Champions League football, and the club will be unable to attract in quality players to play in the Europa League (at best). Manchester United would then go into a downward spiral.

Who better, then, to come back and sort out the mess he created (after all, Moyes has basically inherited Ferguson's squad), than SAF himself. Sack Moyes, some fans are saying, get in Fergie until the end of the season, grab a top 4 slot, and then take time to find an experienced and worthy successor to the sprightly 72-year-old.

A ridiculous notion ? Perhaps, but Manchester United have been there before. In 1969, then Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby retired to become a director, after managing the club for 24 years. His successor, Wilf McGuinness, took over a side in transition. He lasted 18 months before he was sacked - and replaced by Busby, who held the fort until a permanent successor could be found.

Could history repeat itself at Manchester United ?

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