United manager David Moyes has revealed that he has met with Sir Alex Ferguson several times as he continues to plot the future at Old Trafford.
As the new boss prepares for the start of the Barclays Premier League title defence at Swansea City, he has sought counsel with his predecessor and wants him to continue having an input into the new regime.
"Sir Alex is still here and he will be," explained Moyes. "I went to see him at home the other day. He was great and is recovering from his hip operation.
"I will use him for advice and he will be a great mentor for me. I am really looking forward to speaking with him. I have probably had half a dozen conversations with him already.
"But I don't think I have gone there for any advice. I have gone there and said: 'This is how things are going what are you thinking?' He is going to be someone who is around. I want him to be around.
"On the first day I met him, we had discussions about the team within an hour. Within the first 10 minutes of talking, and him telling me I was getting the job, we had already had discussions about the team and what would have to be done and what was expected, like sponsors, media, all the things that come from a big club. There were no airs and graces. He didn't feather it. He told me straight and he told me what it was going to be like. He would expect me to get on and do the job myself."
The Reds boss was also asked if his fellow Scot could get involved in any attempts to get transfer business over the line.
"I don't think we have used him for that," he asserted. "This club has ways and means of attracting the top players to the club but if we needed to use Sir Alex he would be more than happy to help, I have no doubt about that."
Moyes feels it may take a little time to completely stamp his own influence on the team as that is always the case when a new man takes over the helm at a club.