Manchester United have assured Louis van Gaal that Sir Alex Ferguson will not play a major role in the club’s future.
According to the People, Van Gaal was worried that Fergie’s powerful standing may impact on his plans to take United forward after the failure of Moyes, who was recommended by the Scot.
The 72-year-old allegedly had a say in his successors sacking, too. In fact, he played a pivotal role. He was one of a group of directors who sealed his fate in a Manchester hotel 24 hours before Moyes’ was officially relieved of his duties.
With the former Everton man now gone, Woodward and the Glazer family, who own United, are keen to usher in a new era with Netherlands boss Van Gaal being seen as the ideal replacement. The Dutchman has been assured by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that Sir Alex will not be involved.
United are expected to announce Van Gaal as their new boss towards the end of the upcoming week. He has agreed a two-year deal with United - with the option of a third season - but confirmation of his appointment will not be made until after Sunday's final game of the season at Southampton.
Van Gaal's World Cup campaign with the Netherlands gets underway against defending champions Spain on June 13. He is currently with the Dutch side for a pre-World Cup training camp in Holland.