The departure of Paul Hart from the Pompey hotseat means Sir Alex will be locking horns with Avram Grant again on Saturday; the two went head to head three times in 2007/08 with the Reds winning two out of the three matches including that unforgettable final in Moscow. The United boss is backing his opposite number to cope with a difficult job.
"He's a football man and he'll be glad to get back in... He's got a task, because when you're team is bottom of the league you've got a task but hopefully he can manage it."
You can watch Sir Alex's press conference in full on MUTV Online.