In an interview with United’s own television channel, Ferguson, 71, insists he does not regret his decision to retire after 26 years at the helm.
“I’ve enjoyed it. Obviously there are some things you miss and some things you don’t miss. I miss the banter in the dressing room and the training pitch.
“All the relationships I built over a long period with some of the staff who had worked me for such a long time like Les Kershaw, Dave Bushell, Brian McClair, Mike Phelan, Tony Whelan, Paul McGuiness – these guys were with me a long time so you miss all that.
“There are certain things you don’t miss – obviously the press conferences on a Friday that were replayed time and time again all day. But I’m relaxed about retiring. I left at the right time. It was a great period of my life being at United.”