The Daily Mail says Everton boss David Moyes could be confirmed today as Ferguson's replacement.
Not only was 71-year-old Ferguson closely involved in discussions about his replacement, he was actually the key man in picking Moyes. Ferguson has always been a fan of the manager he once considered for a coaching role when his fellow Glaswegian was in charge at Preston in the 1990s.
Having told the Glazer family, United's owners, back in March that he intended to stand down, Ferguson implored them to hire the Everton boss.
Other key influences, such as Sir Bobby Charlton and David Gill, share Ferguson's view that the 50-year-old will bring United the same ideals of longevity and continuity that are integral to the club, as well as placing an enormous emphasis on the youth system at Old Trafford.