On Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to have booked an operation for later this summer after Manchester United’s Asian tour at the end of July.

The Scot is subsequently expected to miss the 2013 Community Shield match against either Manchester City or Wigan Athletic at Wembley; but he could make his return before the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season

Regardless of his hip problem, the Manchester United manager has no intention of leaving his duties as a coach. 

Undoubtedly, the 71-year-old is determined to guide his team to greater success, as he looks to further strengthen the Red Devils’ status in world football.

“We [Man United] will get better, and if we apply ourselves in our normal fashion, I see our 20th league title as nothing but the start of another decade of success," Ferguson said in his programme notes ahead of the clash against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

“Whether I will be here to oversee another decade of success remains to be seen, but I certainly do not have any plans at the moment to walk away from what I believe will be something special and worth being around to see.

“It is always difficult in football to be absolutely sure of the future, because the game has a habit of tripping you up.”

Death is certainly not what Ferguson is implying in these letters, when he refers to his uncertainty over his presence at the club for the next ten years.

However, his old age – as well as his doctors’ professional medical advice – could force him to go against his own will by putting an end to his control over Manchester United in the near future.

Ferguson is regarded to be one of England’s best managers ever, being the only one to guide a team to the top 3 of the English Premier League table for 21 consecutive seasons.


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