Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that when they hang up their boots, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes will all be offered long-term roles at the club, to join former players already on the pay-roll, Brian McClair, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, Sir Bobby Charlton and Bryan Robson.

“What delights me most of all is that Ryan, like Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, is part of the United family,” said Ferguson. “They have grown up at the club and eventually they will be offered long-term roles. Who understands the club better than lads who have played for us on all the grand occasions? They know what it means to be Manchester United players and I believe they have a massive part to play in the club’s future.”