United will go on without me

Alex Ferguson has backed Manchester United to continue winning trophies after he retires from the game.

The Scot has brought an unprecedented amount of silverware to Old Trafford since joining the club in 1986.

But despite knowing he cannot continue at the top forever, the 66-year-old believes the structure is in place for the future.

He said: “This club is in great condition and has fantastic staff.

“What you have got to remember about this club is its continuity of staff.

“Some of the staff members have been with me a long time. My first signing at the club is still here.

“Les Kershaw joined the club in 1987, I made him chief scout and he did a magnificent job. He was probably one of my best ever signings.

“He was followed by people like Jim Ryan, Brian McClair – who’s now academy director – Dave Bushell, Matt Dempsey, Tony Whelan, Paul McGuinness.

“These guys have been here for over 15 years, so when I go I would presume all these lads would still be in place and working hard for United.”

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