Of course, I bring you this story in the best interests of anyone amongst you who are shareholders in Manchester United .

Rumours are now rife that Sir Alex will be making an announcement ahead of Sunday’s game and will step down as manager this summer after 27 years at the helm but the club will be duty bound to make a statement asap given the intense speculation this morning.

David Moyes, the Everton manager, is being backed heavily to take over with the Special One reportedly already leaving Madrid and bound for Chelsea. But what price for him to end up in Manchester rather than London?

The BBC carries a variety of reports here