Five games appears a lengthy stint but FA restrictions are actually few. This is not purdah.
Ferguson can address his players before kick-off. He will not need to be smuggled into the United dressing room at half-time in a laundry basket or disguised as Fred the Red.
Ferguson can walk from his seat in the directors’ box, wander through the stand, a free man. He can enter the tunnel area, stroll into United’s lair, deliver his usual interval talk and administer any tactical tweaks.
Uefa’s touchline ban is far more stringent, exiling the manager from his players.