Despite his retirement in the summer, it appears Sir Alex Ferguson just can’t stay away from football.
His numerous appearances at Old Trafford and at Manchester United games around the country this term, however, may not just be as a fan of the club as there is now the suggestion he may be doing more behind the scenes.
The legendary former coach has reportedly been ‘enquiring’ at home and abroad on behalf of the club into the potential availability of star players, presumably to assist David Moyes in his pursuit of success, which, so far this term, has looked increasingly unlikely.
Moyes has failed in his pursuits in the summer, along with chief executive Ed Woodward, to negotiate deals for the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera and Fabio Coentrao and his signing of Marouane Fellaini has been roundly unpopular since the Belgian midfielder arrived.
Could it be, then, that Ferguson is preparing to show Moyes how it’s done at Manchester United? According to reports this week, the elder of the two Scotsmen has approached Paris Saint-Germain to discuss the availability of their summer signing striker Edinson Cavani with a view to negotiating his move to the Premier League champions from the Ligue 1 champions.
Meanwhile, back in the English capital, Ferguson was spotted at Stamford Bridge shaking hands with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich following United’s 3-1 defeat to the Blues.
The Red Devils are heavily linked this week with Chelsea outcast and Spain midfielder Juan Mata as David Moyes continues to pursue a world-class midfielder to assists his side’s Premier League struggles this term.
The £37 million-rated midfielder could be on his way to United, if the bookmaker’s slashing of odds this week are anything to go by but how much influence has Ferguson had over the club’s dealings this month?
From the looks of it, he is still very much pulling the string behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
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