Given his appalling track record in such matters, the Manchester United higher-ups would be well advised not to give Alex Ferguson a veto on who succeeds Louis Van Gaal as manager.
But the old grandee has an input at boardroom level these days and has now given his opinion in an interview with the Mirror.
He is staying loyal to the old boys.
I think Ryan has all the qualities to be a fantastic manager. I have heard it said that he will have to go to another club first because he doesn’t have enough experience.
But he is gaining experience working with Louis van Gaal and he also had experience working with David Moyes and working under me as a player.
I don’t think that Ryan needs to go anywhere.
The suspicion here is that Ferguson doesn't want to big up any of the more realistic and starrier candidates on the continent while Louis Van Gaal is in situ.