Ferguson will advise on successor appointment

Manchester United chief executive David Gill told the club's TV channel MUTV that Sir Alex Ferguson would have a role in appointing a new manager.

"No one knows what running Manchester United is about better than him, so quite rightly the owners, the board, will take his counsel," he said.

"We want to use all the expertise within the club in order to get the right person to take it forward."

He added that Ferguson would be staying on in an advisory role as a director but that a new manager would be allowed "the necessary space, the necessary opportunity to do his job without interference.

"Alex will not make that mistake, of that we can be certain."