PAUL McGrath believes Alex Ferguson will have a huge say in who will succeed him at Old Trafford.
he former Republic of Ireland international may have been sold by Ferguson but was glowing in his praise for the Scot after he announced his retirement today.
Ferguson and McGrath had a turbulent relationship resulting in McGrath being sold to Aston Villa in the summer of 1999.
With David Moyes and Jose Mourinho being touted as the favourites to take over the helm at Old Trafford, McGrath believes the final decision could rest with Ferguson.
“Sir Alex will be a massive part of bringing in the new manager,” the Republic of Ireland legend told talksport.
“He is the club and he’s the top man there, along with Sir Bobby Charlton.
“He’ll still be involved with the club as a fan and someone you can turn to if you need any advice.
“Jose Mourinho is available and David Moyes at Everton is very much in the same mould as Sir Alex Ferguson," he added. "It’s an even money bet between the pair of them.
“Whoever gets offered the job would have to take it, but following in Sir Alex’s footsteps is difficult for anyone.
“No matter who comes in it’s impossible to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It can’t be done in modern day football.
“He’s made them the top world football team and the respect around the globe that Man United has built is down to Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s a sad loss for football.”