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.