Fer­gu­son should carry on at United, says Sc­holes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES - NEIL JOHNSTON

PAUL SC­HOLES has urged Manch­ester United man­ager Alex Fer­gu­son to shelve any thoughts of re­tire­ment and con­tinue in the job for as long as he can.

Fer­gu­son, who turns 68 on De­cem­ber 31, re­cently cel­e­brated his 23rd an­niver­sary at the helm at Old Traf­ford and is widely ex­pected to step down at the end of this sea­son or next, hav­ing said pre­vi­ously he will not con­tinue into his 70s.

But mid­fielder Sc­holes, who has served un­der Fer­gu­son for more than 15 years, be­lieves the man­ager can add to his vast ar­ray of hon- ours at United, which in­cludes 11 Premier League ti­tles, two Euro­pean Cups and five FA Cups.

“His record speaks for it­self,” said the for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional ahead of Ever­ton’s visit to Old Traf­ford to­day.

“Twenty-three years is a long time and, hope­fully, he can con­tinue to be here and win tro­phies for a long time to come. Other teams don’t have the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a man­ager for so long,” he added.

“I’ve known no dif­fer­ent. “I’ve been lucky enough to play un­der one man­ager and it has been great.”

David Moyes’ record at Good­i­son Park has re­sulted in him be­ing tipped as a pos­si­ble can­di­date to suc­ceed his fel­low Scot Fer­gu­son at United, but the Ever­ton boss has found the go­ing tough this sea­son.

His side cur­rently lie 12th in the Premier League, with only 15 points from 11 games.

Ever­ton have not won a league match at Old Traf­ford for 17 years and make the short jour­ney with a string of in­jury prob­lems.

Fer­gu­son, mean­while,will be in the dugout at Old Traf­ford af­ter it was con­firmed that the two-match touch­line ban he re­ceived for ques­tion­ing the fit­ness of ref­eree Alan Wi­ley will not start un­til next week. – Sapa-AFP

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