Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has claimed that plans are in place detailing the selection process to one day replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
According to the Daily Mail, United have revealed that plans have been drawn up for when Ferguson's eventually decides to call time on his Old Trafford career.
Vice-chairman Ed Woodward claims the list is locked away, and known only by a certain select group at Manchester United despite no date being set outlining when the Glaswegian will end his Old Trafford stint.
"We have a view as to what that process [appointing a new manager] will look like in terms of finding a replacement and what type of manager we want and how and when we'll go about it," said Woodward.
"But it's in the drawer and long may it stay in the drawer."
Top-level managers have been mentioned as possible replacements, including former-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Ferguson will be a tough act to follow, the Scot entering his 25th year at Manchester United, and some have suggested Everton boss David Moyes could be the man to succeed Ferguson.
Earlier this year Ferguson suggested it would be two or three years before he plans his retirement.
Manchester United lie four points behind league leaders Chelsea, and the Old Trafford club face Braga in the Champions League this week, as they look to make it out of the group stage.