News From Manchester: Sir Alex Ferguson urged to ‘step back’ from Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

Sir Alex was seen driving into Carrington on Tuesday morning, the same day that Cristiano Ronaldo was due to hold talks with Ten Hag over the player's future. Rumours started to swirl suggesting that the old United manager was due to be involved with these crunch talks.

However, the Manchester Evening News understands that the arrival of Ronaldo and Ferguson on the same day was simply a coincidence, as the Scot was attending a regular football board meeting, along with current chief executive Richard Arnold and former chief executive, David Gill.

Despite this, British football's most successful manager has been dragged into the spotlight as people started to question how much involvement he is having behind the scenes. It has been well documented that Ferguson played a role in Ronaldo's return to United last summer but the MEN understands he has limited power behind the scenes these days.

Former Premier League footballer Darren Bent has urged the former United manager to give Erik ten Hag some space away from the club as the Dutchman looks to carve his own path at Old Trafford.

Speaking to TalkSport, Bent said: He [Sir Alex Ferguson] is the greatest manager in Manchester Uniteds history, greatest manager in Premier League history, he told

I dont know what it would be like having someone like that overseeing you on the decision you make.

You look at Ralf [Rangnick] he made some tame decisions, and there was a big story about that, saying Sir Alex Ferguson wouldnt have done that.

I dont think Erik ten Hag needs that. It would be nice to see Fergie step back from it, and let Ten Hag have a real go.

If he [Ronaldo] cant report because he has family issues, I understand that. But I dont think the whole kind of circus has done Erik ten Hag any favours.

Especially given Ten Hag has come out and said he wants to build his team around Ronaldo. Can you build a team around someone who has made it evidently clear they dont want to be there?

I dont think you can. You try and get as much money for him, you let him go, and then try and move forward with the squad that you have.


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