Talk of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down this weekend hasn't surprised rival Premier League managers.

The Daily Mail says the 71-year-old is preparing to bow out in front of the Old Trafford crowd on Sunday after United's game against Swansea, when they will be presented with the Barclays Premier League trophy, the 13th of Ferguson's illustrious career.

Many people inside football - including two Premier League managers - have suggested privately this season that Ferguson would have stepped aside had United not lost last season's Premier League title race to Manchester City on the last kick of the campaign. That has never been confirmed by United but it is thought Ferguson broke the news to his wife, Cath, that he had to shelve plans to retire within hours of City snatching the title.