Sir Alex Ferguson returns to Old Trafford as Manchester United prepare for another Premier League season.

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No longer sitting in the hot seat, Ferguson can now sit in the stands and watch from afar. And the match against Brighton will mark the beginning of a new era

 and the latest manager attempts to replicate his legendary feat. But where David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all failed,

Erik ten Hag hopes to become the last man who will live up to the outrageous standards of Scots.

Ferguson has been left out of the recruitment process for the Dutchman, with director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher deciding to appoint the much-loved Dutch strategist.

Now 80, Ferguson has been a non-executive director since his 26-year tenure ended in 2013. His advice has sometimes been sought behind the scenes in the decade since he retired,

especially when he was a mentor to Solskjaer at the start of his reign. And it is understood that he has now secured a place on the so-called "advisory board".

The Mail has reported that Ferguson - along with Chief Executive Officer Richard Arnold, former chef David Gill, former captain Bryan Robson and John Murtough

Fergie returned to United's Carrington training base late last month for the first meeting of the new committee.

This appearance coincides with Cristiano Ronaldo's crisis negotiations with the leaders of the Red Devils.

The 37-year-old's future has been a constant source of speculation this summer after he made it clear he wanted to join a Champions League side.

United have been steadfast in their stance that Ronaldo is not for sale and will be part of Ten Hag's plans in his debut season.

Ferguson's presence in talks with Ronaldo - although deemed coincidental by club sources - shows the desperation that could convince him to stay.

Last October, Ferguson was spotted chatting with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov after Solskjaer decided to leave his former player on bench. “start with best players,” he explains.