James Lawton: Rebuilding United will be Fergie's greatest test
Inevitably, unstoppably, there is schism, if not outright heresy, in the air at Old Trafford. Just murmurings, of course, because who has the nerve to stand up and say it is time for the most successful manager in the history of English football to walk away?
Alex Ferguson's predecessors, Tommy Docherty, one of the men Matt Busby turned to when he realised he could no longer push forward the club for whom he had built three brilliant teams, this week probably came as close to saying the unsayable for anyone with United connections.
He made a case for David Moyes, while at the same time larding his praise for the Everton manager with the statuary acknowledge- ment of the enduring power and ambition of the 70-year-old Ferguson.