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Rumors say Sir Alex Ferguson considering retirement


English news outlet The Telegraph has claimed it believes Sir Alex Ferguson is strongly considering retirement from his 26-year reign as manager of Manchester United.

Another English outlet, The Guardian, has backed up the story.

The Telegraph stated, “Sources close to the players confirm[ed] that the squad’s golf day had been overshadowed by suggestions that the Scot would be making an announcement ahead of Sunday’s clash with Swansea at Old Trafford.”

This shocking decision would come on the heels of both a Premier League championship and news that he’ll be needing offseason hip surgery.

The story continued, “As rumours of the 71-year-old’s imminent retirement swept Manchester, senior figures at the club failed to respond to repeated attempts to confirm or deny the story, which emerged following United’s player versus coaches golf day at Dunham Massey on Tuesday afternoon.”

Because the club has recently floated partial ownership on the New York Stock Exchange to quell its massive debt, it is required to adhere to rules and regulations regarding the release of significant information regarding the management of the club.  A managerial change would certainly fall under those terms, requiring them to release this information as soon as they are able.

However, this report also directly contradicts what he said to the BBC just 2 days ago.  Ferguson strongly stated, “I don’t have any plans to walk away from what I believe will be something special and worth being around to see.”

Rumors are just that – rumors.  But obviously with such a shocking possibility, it’s always worth noting what is swirling about.

If Sir Alex were to step down, the heavy favorite to replace him would be Everton’s David Moyes, whom the brass at Old Trafford has long been interested in, and one would have to believe he’d leave his post at Goodison Park if the job were offered to him.  Another rumor from earlier today suggested Moyes was planning to quit Goodison this summer anyways to spend a year as Ferguson’s assistant at United.

Also, this could throw a huge wrench in any plans Chelsea may have had to bring Jose Mourinho to replace the outgoing Rafa Benitez.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).