Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton believes no manager can replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
In a week where speculation mounted over the possibility of Jose Mourinho taking the Red Devils' reigns when the current manager retires, Charlton has admitted it will be a mighty tough task for anyone to follow the Scot's lead at the club.
“There is no point suggesting anybody else to be manager of Manchester United, there is no one around who can fill his boots,” said Charlton in book '19’.
“I hope he can carry on for a long time yet. Alex is in control and he is the main reason for the record of league titles.”
Still hugely influential at the club, England's all-time leading goalscorer is likely to have a say on the next manager at the club, with a long list of candidates headed by 'The Special One'.
Pep Guardiola and Laurent Blanc are also cited as potential candidates to become next Manchester United manager by The MEN, although Ferguson has made no suggestion that he aims to hang up his boots from the management game just yet.
“The record of 19 league titles goes down purely to Alex Ferguson. It would not have been possible without Alex Ferguson," he continued.
“He is the epitome of everything that is good about Manchester United and the ethos of the club.
“It is a shame that we have struggled a little bit internationally, but Manchester United are the premier club in England, if not the world.”
Ferguson will once again take charge of his side in the Barclays Premier League as leaders of the English league, with Manchester United traveling to Stoke City this weekend looking to continue their 'perfect' start to the season.