Sir Alex Ferguson is helping the Manchester United hierarchy decide the fate of under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal.
The Scot, who handpicked his successor David Moyes in 2013, was part of emergency talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and former chief executive David Gill on Sunday.
The Red Devils have a big call to make at such a vital stage of the season, but the club are keen to avoid making any rash decisions.
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The decision on Van Gaal's future has been left to Woodward and United's board members in the UK, who are leaning heavily on two of the biggest figures to ever grace Old Trafford.
According to the Mirror, Ferguson and Gill are both supporters of the Dutchman but know they could lose out on Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid made contact.
President Florentino Perez spoke to the Portuguese after his sacking by Chelsea and it is reported he could make a return to the Bernabeu to replace unpopular Rafa Benitez.
Van Gaal is said to be philosophical over his future at Old Trafford and will respect any decision the club make.
But the Mirror say Ferguson is keen to avoid Manchester United becoming a sacking club.
Moyes was sacked 13 months into his six-year deal and was replaced by Van Gaal.
But after initial success in taking the Red Devils back to the Champions League, his beloved philosophy has fallen flat on its face and is threatening to cost him his job.
Whatever the future holds for Manchester United, Boxing Day's fixture with Stoke City could prove to be the most important of the season.
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