What should help the future of Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson retires, whenever that may be, is the likelihood that people who know what it means to be United will be around. Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are already part of the staff, and it would be no great surprise if the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville become a part of it after they’ve hung up their boots.

Ferguson has today praised Giggs, Scholes and Neville, claiming they are as hard working now as they were when they were kids. It is likely Giggs will start tonight, Scholes will have a place on the bench, whilst Neville might be picked for sentimentality to go on the bench and collect a medal if we win.

“I love to see guys who are as hard working now as they were when I first met them,” said Ferguson. “Ryan, I love him. Paul and Gary. Exactly the same. These are guys who have never changed. You can see it in them. These are guys I could trust with my life. I could turn my back and they’d run the club for me if I had the day off.”