As speculation mounts over the future of Manchester United manager David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson is one of several names being linked to replace him at Old Trafford.
The United hierarchy have reportedly run out of patience with Moyes after the latest defeat in his troubled tenure, when the Champions lost 2-0 to Everton on Sunday. The fixture was United’s eleventh league defeat of the season, and ensures they can no longer qualify for a Champions League place.
Ferguson departed the scene as Manchester United manager at the end of last season after winning the club its 20th league title and regaining bragging rights over previous winners Manchester City. Ferguson then had a direct role in installing David Moyes as the new manager, having been impressed with his work over eleven seasons at Everton.
A return for Ferguson at the helm of Manchester United is though very unlikely given the magnitude of his departure last May.
After winning 38 trophies in his 26 years at the club, Ferguson admitted earlier this season that he had no ambition to return to football management.
"I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results. United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He's a good manager."
Ferguson has taken his place on the United board of directors this season, and has often been present both at Old Trafford and at away fixtures when the club have endured some of their worst results. There was much talk that even Ferguson’s presence at matches was undermining the job of David Moyes.
Ferguson at present is reported to be in America, having taken up a 'long-term teaching position' at Harvard University.
But even if rumours are confirmed that David Moyes has been sacked as United boss, more long-term targets are likely to be pursued. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Jurgen Klopp and Louis Van Gaal have all been linked with the vacancy so far, and could reportedly be announced before the end of the season.
According to high profile media outlets it is already set in stone that Moyes will go at some point, but the return of Britain’s best ever manager in Alex Ferguson is one story that is unlikely to gather any credible momentum.