Manchester United fans are DIVIDED over Sir Alex Ferguson’s return to the club in an advisory role

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Manchester United fans are divided over the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson to an advisory role at the club, which was announced on Friday evening.

United fans took to Twitter to make their opinions known following the news, and there seems to be a clear rift between supporters with many claiming it is a positive step, whilst several believe it is time for the club to move on from the Scot.

The legendary Scottish manager was appointed by Richard Arnold to a think-tank of former club figures in order to advise on all aspects of the club’s running, providing support during Erik ten Hag’s rebuild.

Many fans believe that the club should move on from it’s illustrious past and instead look to the future, with one fan writing on Twitter: ‘Personally I think we should leave fergie on retirement he’s done a lot for this club already need to move on from the past.’

Another added: ‘Because this is exactly what you need to move on from the past and show confidence in your new manager.’

A third United fan said: ‘This is a risky tactic. Looking back to go forward… not sure if it’s for the best to be honest…’

And a fourth added: ‘Fergie time has been it’s now Ten Hag’s time. Need to move on from Sir Alex.’

A fifth surmised: ‘If you have a functional brain you know that this isn’t good at all.’

Ferguson resigned from his post as Red Devils manager at the end of the 2012-13 season, to be replaced by compatriot David Moyes.

The 80-year-old was comfortably the most successful manager in the club’s prestigious history, winning an unprecedented 38 trophies in just over 26 years.

And as such, some fans were quick to give the appointment their backing, confident that his return can only signal a return to the higher echelons of world football.

One supporter stated: ‘Should have happened a decade ago we wouldn’t have been in this mess.’

A second was pleased with the move, saying: ‘Finally the board does something right.’

While another added: ‘Took long enough Sir Alex is back!’

And a fourth fan simply said: ‘About time.’

Ferguson will be joined by former CEO David Gill, iconic United captain Bryan Robson and current football director John Murtough so that Arnold can draw on their experience on all aspects of the club.

It will give Ferguson more influence at Old Trafford than at any time since he stepped down as manager nearly a decade ago.

It’s understood he will help advise Arnold on a wide range of issues which include the redevelopment of Old Trafford and Carrington, and the club’s relationship with its fans.

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