Sir Alex Ferguson back at Man Utd in his most influential role since retiring
Manchester United have once again hired Sir Alex Ferguson as the legendary manager is now officially back working at the club.
Despite leaving United in 2013, Ferguson continues to remain close to the club and is regularly seen attending matches as a fan. But according to the Daily Mail, Ferguson has now taken on a formal role, alongside club legend Bryan Robson.
With CEO Richard Arnold desperate to get United back to their best, he's assembled an experienced team involving Robson and Ferguson to help push the club in the right direction. Ferguson was seen driving into Carrington on Tuesday, and it's thought that it was to carry out the first of many meetings.
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Ferguson's first meeting was held along with crunch talks between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the star still yet to return to action. However, the 37-year-old has since commented "Sunday, the king plays" as United prepare to take on Rayo Vallecano in a friendly.
United produced their worst ever Premier League finish last season, in a shocking campaign that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked, and interim boss Ralf Rangnick even rejected a consultancy role at the end of his temporary stint. Ferguson and former CEO David Gill have remained on United’s football board as non-executive directors since leaving their jobs in 2013, but will now take on official roles.
Although it's important to move on, and United have certainly done that in many ways this summer, Arnold feels as though it's important to keep iconic figures around the club. But change has been plentiful as Erik ten Hag has been eager to move things on.
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Not only has the majority of the coaching staff been refreshed, a total of 11 first team players were released this summer, with Ten Hag now working with a tight group of players. Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic were amongst the biggest names to leave Old Trafford.
Ten Hag has brought in Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez so far this summer, with the chase for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong still on. But away from the field, Ferguson and Robson will focus on improving other areas, as they try not to disrupt the work of others elsewhere.
It’s understood they will advise Arnold on issues which include the redevelopment of Old Trafford and Carrington, and also the club’s relationship with its fans. The bond has become fractured following a host of poor seasons, with the owners also very unpopular around Old Trafford.
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