Sir Alex Ferguson is waiting in the wings and is ready to advise Ryan Giggs if Louis van Gaal loses his job as Manchester United boss, according to reports on Sunday.
Although the now 74-year-old Ferguson, who retired as Manchester United’s manager in 2013, has no desire to return to the dugout, the Sunday People claims he would be prepared to take a hands-on role behind the scenes to help fellow club legend Giggs, currently Van Gaal’s No 2, navigate the remainder of the season – should the Welshman was given the reigns.
Van Gaal faces another crucial moment in his United career at Anfield on Sunday, with many believing he won’t be able to carry on if his stars suffer a heavy defeat at arch-rivals Liverpool.
Since having a hand in the appointment of David Moyes once he decided to step down, Ferguson has effectively been excluded from any of the key strategic decisions taken by the club.
But he retains the respect and support of the American Glazer family who own he club.
If Giggs does take charge before the end of the season, as he did when Moyes was sacked in 2014, he would ask for Ferguson’s help him in the closing months of the campaign – and possibly beyond.