Following the sacking of Darren Ferguson, his father, Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded the return of Manchester United loanees that had been sent to Preston to help his son.
Ritchie de Laet, Josh King and Matt James had all been on loan to the side languishing at the bottom of the Championship from the side currently atop of the Premier League.
Preston are odds-on favourites to lose their position in the Championship at the end of the season, lying 5 points adrift of the division. They have a good opportunity to pick up points on new year’s day as they host out-of-form Derby County at Deepdale. The loss of these three Manchester United players will come as a big blow to the club who recently sold Richard Chaplow to Southampton.
Norwegian-born King had failed to score in any of his 7 league appearances for Preston. Former Everton defender and the highest-scoring defender in the history of the Premier League, David Unsworth takes temporary charge of the Lilywhites.
Darren Ferguson won a Premier League winners medal in the inaugural season of 1992/93, playing for his father.
At the top of the table, Queens Park Rangers are odds-on favourites to win the Championship, currently sitting 7 points clear of second-place Cardiff City after 23 games.