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Things have not gone exactly to plan for David Moyes since replacing the retired Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United this summer.

Though his side have reached the latter stages of the Champions League after seeing off Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, they are 13 points and eight places adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The defending English champions are also seven points off the top four, meaning an unlikely win in the aforementioned competition could be their only ticket into Europe next season.

A run of six wins, four draws and five domestic defeats has left United in this position and has led some to call for the former Everton man’s head, with bookmakers making him the fifth-favourite topflight boss to lose his job.

Some have even called on the venerable Ferguson to step out of retirement and take charge of United once more, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refusing to rule out the prospect of his former adversary prowling the touchlines once more in a recent interview.

We think there’s a pretty good chance of seeing Ferguson back in the Old Trafford hotseat again before the end of the season, and here are 5 reasons why.

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This article was first posted on December 12, 2013