Manchester United in shock move for Sol Campbell

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to turn to Sol Campbell to ease the defensive crisis engulfing Manchester United according to various reports today.

The former Arsenal and England defender is currently available on a free transfer after his ill-fated spell at Notts County.

It's widely understood that the 35-year-old wants to resurrect his career in the Premier League and it appears that United are ready to offer him a chance.

Ferguson has seen nearly his entire defence sidelined by injury and illness over the last week and against West Ham last weekend was forced to play Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher at the back.

Campbell, who is also being courted by a number of other sides, would provide a quick fix for United. It's understood the Red Devils are ready to offer Campbell the chance to train with the side ahead of the window opening in January to assess his fitness.

United have shown in the past their willingness to take on veterans, with Henrik Larsson's move a success and last night's hat-trick hero Michael Owen proving Ferguson has an ability to get the best out of players late in their career.