Joey Barton talks up Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United return

Sir Alex Ferguson

Joey Barton believes Sir Alex Ferguson might as well take the Manchester United job back.

Above is a picture of Sir Alex Ferguson pictured in the stands a week ago at Wolfsburg, chatting to former Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

What he is pointing out is known only to them, but it's likely he was sharing an insight on where the team was going wrong.

Ferguson is a regular at United games, with cameras taking delight in panning to see his reaction when results do not go their way, and was a particularly haunting presence for David Moyes.

Joey Barton would like to see him take charge back at the club, telling BBC Radio 5 Live's Wednesday Night Club this week.

He said: "I look at him [Sir Alex Ferguson] and think, you might as well take the job, you're at every game... I think he'd be quite good."

While it may seem an outlandish suggestion to think he could come back, the bookies are split on it. Oddschecker show BetVictor price Fergie 66/1 as United's next boss after Louis van Gaal, while Paddy Power have him as just 14/1.

It is hard to imagine Ferguson does not have the passion burning inside him, and he must be more frustrated than anybody knowing he is capable of influencing things.

Perhaps if he had stuck it out until now, he could have stepped down and handed the reigns to Pep Guardiola, who is available again - instead United fans have had to put up with David Moyes, and now Louis van Gaal's ham-fisted approach as boss.

They say 'never go back' for a reason, but Ferguson is a competitor, and there is no bigger challenge than getting the Red Devils back on track. Surely he cannot do a worse job than the Dutchman, and perhaps tempt Cristiano Ronaldo back with him...

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