Vice-chairman Ed Woodward is understood to have spoken to ex-United defender Ferdinand as he looks to fill the role, but the exact intricacies of such conversations are unclear.
Ferdinand was seen speaking to former United team-mate and current Ajax chief executive Edwin Van Der Sar - another man linked to the Old Trafford post - on Tuesday and was asked on BT Sport if he was getting tips following Tuesday's reports.
"The game today is more important than talking about that," Ferdinand said ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg between Tottenham and Ajax.
"He's a lovely fella (Van Der Sar). He's doing a fantastic job there. He was just telling me the ins and outs of what he actually gets up to there.
"It's very demanding but very satisfying when you're playing at a level like this at this stage in the tournament."