Manchester United will bring Ricky Sbragia back to the club as under-23s manager, 12 years after he left the job.

Sbragia was reserves boss for the Reds from 2002 until 2005, and reporters from the Manchester Evening News and the BBC suggest he’s set for a return to a club as Warren Joyce’s replacement.

Joyce departed Man United in November to become first team manager at Wigan Athletic. He was sacked four months later, but all through that time, United failed to find a replacement.

MEN suggested on May 28 that United had decided on a replacement for Joyce. Academy Man Utd backed former-Chelsea boss Adi Vivesh, who left the club at the end of the season, to take up the role.

However, Sbragia is now favourite. Other suggested names have included Paul Scholes and Phil Neville. Sbragia’s name has come out of the blue.

The 61-year-old has recently been working with the Scottish FA at a number of age levels, but stepped down as under-21s coach last season.

When United reserves manager, Sbragia’s sides won the Premier Reserve League National Championship in 2005, as well as the Manchester Senior Cup and the Premier Reserve League North.

Players like Kieran Richardson and Darren Fletcher developed under Sbragia.

With United having spent many months on this appointment, Sbragia is a slightly underwhelming name. Expectations of him are low, though, of course, he could prove those wrong. United could have done better, although Sbragia is certainly a safe choice.