Statement expected on Fergie

Manchester United have yet to comment on widespread reports that
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering retiring as manager.

Rumours were rife on Tuesday evening that Ferguson was set to
call it a day and a number of Wednesday’s newspapers claim the
71-year-old is ready to stand down following 26-and-a-half
successful years at Old Trafford.

TEAMtalk contacted the champions-elect but have not received any
comment to confirm or deny the reports.

In his programme notes ahead of last Sunday’s Premier League
defeat to Chelsea, Ferguson wrote that he didn’t have any plans to
walk away from the club and predicted another decade of
success.

He said: “This team of champions is not going away – we are here
for the long ride.

“We will get better and if we apply ourselves in our normal
fashion I see our 20th league title as nothing but the start of
another decade of success.

“Whether I will be here to oversee another decade of success
remains to be seen, but I certainly don’t have any plans at the
moment to walk away from what I believe will be something special
and worth being around to see.”

Last week, United confirmed Ferguson had been booked in for hip
surgery in August following the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and
Australia, although it’s not known how long he will expected to
rest before the start of the season.