The Daily Mail says like Gary Neville, whose anti-Ed Woodward pronouncements on television are frequent and heartfelt, Ferguson believes it's the duty of a club like Manchester United to try to get the very best available, in this instance Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino.
While holding nothing against Solskjaer, someone Ferguson has met a couple of times for coffee near his home in Wilmslow, the truth is the pair are not as close as the image. This being claimed despite Ferguson's appearances at Carrington to attend Solskjaer training sessions.
The report also says Ferguson has increasingly felt isolated and out of touch with what has happened at United since he left.
"Sir Alex feels conflicted. He can see the irony that he still spends time thinking about United when he's retired. But he loves the club and does feel a bit hurt that his opinion is never sought," says a close confidant from the League Managers' Association.
"He knows he's not in charge any more but it would still be nice for him to be asked."