Alex Ferguson looms over Louis van Gaal at the Stadium of Light
Published 25/08/2014 | 10:34
The serial trophy winner, who retired in May last year, saw his former team grind out a 1-1 draw against Sunderland as concerns over the state of the current Manchester United side continued.
Chances were hard to come by for either side with a draw a fair reflection of the game. On the back of last weekend's defeat to Swansea, a draw against a team who last term were battling relegation will do little to lift the mood at Old Trafford.
Ferguson, who is now a director at the club, was a regular in the stands last season. As David Moyes and Manchester United struggled, it was suggested that Ferguson's presence was something of a distraction.
Should Louis van Gaal's teething problems persist, it won't be long before questions are asked again regarding whether Ferguson's appearances are appropriate.