Ferguson Due to Undergo a Hip Surgery in the summer and May Miss the Start of United’s Title Defence.

It has been confirmed that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be undergoing a hip surgery in the summer. The manager is therefore likely to miss the beginning of the club’s Barclays Premier League title defence.

Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Scot has been troubled by the problem for some time and is set for the operation when the club returns from the pre- season tour. Their return from the pre- season tour will be 18 days before the kick- off of the 2013/14 season, which will give the 71- year- old little time to recuperate.
United’s pre- season tour this summer includes a three- week tour of Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and they return on July 30.
They will then face either Manchester City or Wigan in the community shield at Wembley on August 11.
Ferguson has always said his health would dictate how long he would carry on as United manager.
Almost 12 months ago, he was taken ill at a function in his native Scotland, although his nosebleeds were attributed to the amount of short flights he had undertaken.
After the illness he missed pre- season matches in Norway and Germany and also sat out a mid- winter break in Qatar.