Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Getty Images / Clive Rose

Rumours Man United manager Sir Alex might leave the club

THE reign of supercoach Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United could soon be over if reports in the British media are accurate.

Newspapers are reporting Ferguson, 71, is set to announce details of his retirement after the club failed to quell rumours of his imminent departure.

Speculation was rife Ferguson would confirm his plan to quit following Sunday's game against Swansea City at which United will receive the Barclays Premier League trophy at Old Trafford.

The United players were believed to have been told of the announcement yesterday as they took part in a club golf day.

English bookmakers have slashed the odds that Everton manager David Moyes, who has failed to agree on a new contract at the Merseyside club, would spend a season as Ferguson's No.2 before taking the reins.

In his program notes before last weekend's game with Chelsea, Ferguson appeared to suggest he would not be going anywhere soon by writing: "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."

But Ferguson is set for a hip replacement operation in August, meaning he would miss the first few months of next season.

In his 26-and-a-half-year reign, the Scot has led United to 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, and two Champions League titles, as well as a host of other honours.

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