Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he continues to be connected with the club, even if no longer the manager, and focuses on the benefits his retirement brings.

“My life as a United person continues,” he said. “And that means winning; enjoying watching them winning. I don’t need to worry about refereeing decisions, agents or the press any more. The best thing that’s happened to me, without doubt, is that I don’t see my name in the papers. What used to annoy me about the weekly [Friday] press conference in particular was that Sky used to run it for 24 hours. Every 20 minutes. I used to go crazy about that. It used to annoy me. I don’t need to worry about that now. It’s a relief not having to read about yourself all the time. It’s bloody boring.”