Sir Alex Ferguson returns to Manchester United at board level as new regime seeks to get the club back on track

Ferguson is set to take up his new post at board level as part of a five-man think-tank setup that includes David Gill and Bryan Robson

Manchester United is set to receive perhaps one of the most important new additions into the fold this summer as legendary club boss Sir Alex Ferguson is back at the club at the behest of new chief executive Richard Arnold.

The Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler reported a little over an hour ago that Ferguson has returned to United after watching the club from a distance since his retirement from management back in 2013, with the Scottish great coming into a position of real influence as part of a new think-tank setup championed by Arnold in order to set the club up for success moving forward.

Former club CEO David Gill, iconic United figure and former captain Bryan Robson, and current club director John Murtough are also a part of the new hierarchical structure, with the intention being for Arnold to tap into the experienced collective as a way to make sure the Red Devils have the best chance possible in once again returning to the Premier League summit.

As reported by Wheeler, Ferguson made the personal decision to avoid being heavily involved in matters at Old Trafford after his retirement in the wake of witnessing the negative effect that took hold at United after Sir Matt Busby’s presence post-retirement made life difficult for both Frank O’Farrell and Wilf McGuinness.

It is expected now that the hierarchy will be counseled on most major decisions at the club after there has already been one meeting to take place on Tuesday during a lunch meeting at Carrington.

Per reports, Ferguson, Gill, and Robson will have the ear of Arnold on matters that include the redevelopment of Old Trafford and Carrington as well as how to rebuild the relationship with United’s global fanbase but are not expected to interfere in matters of squad building too often, which will allow Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher will have a heavy degree of autonomy regarding matters on the pitch.

There is likely no better time for Arnold to institute big changes at the top of the club after key decisions led United astray, where they now are well off the pace of rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, with managerial decisions that have cost the club dearly in recent years.

Hopefully, for United, the choice to put faith in Dutch tactician Erik ten Hag will be one of many successful avenues taken moving forward in the northwest of England, and with the collective experience and knowledge pertaining to the club and football, on the whole, it is hard to argue against the course of action Arnold has steered the club toward this summer.

Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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