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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson lifts the trophy from the bus in Albert Square during the Premier League winners parade through Manchester last May. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson lifts the trophy from the bus in Albert Square during the Premier League winners parade through Manchester last May. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson lifts the trophy from the bus in Albert Square during the Premier League winners parade through Manchester last May. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

ALEX FERGUSON'S final act as Manchester United manager could be to clear the road for Cesc Fabregas to make a shock return from Barcelona to the Premier League.

David Moyes' first priority when he lands in Old Trafford will be to bolster midfield following Paul Scholes decision to quit.

And it now looks like Ferguson has already kicked off talks which could end in humiliation for Arsene Wenger and a second former Arsenal star on Manchester United's books alongside Robin van Persie.

When Fabregas signed for Barcelona it was speculated that Wenger asked for a first option clause to be inserted in the deal but there was no confirmation that he got it.

Fabregas (26) has been a peripheral figure for Barca since he moved there and is reported to be ready for a return to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, there was no word on whether Wayne Rooney will still be around for next season. Receiving a mixed reception on the open-top bus for United's title parade, he said of Ferguson: "He has been brilliant for us all. He is a great manager.

"He is a winner and to do it for so long is incredible."


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