Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to be considering staying away from Old Trafford for the first few games of the season in order to relieve the pressure on his successor as Manchester United manager, David Moyes.
According to The Guardian, Ferguson has told close friends that he is contemplating keeping himself out of the spotlight out of respect for Moyes as his fellow Scot finds his feet at the Manchester United helm.
Ferguson, it is claimed, would ideally watch Manchester United's opening few home fixtures from an executive box where he would not be visible, and is even thinking it may be best he stays away entirely.
Manchester United's opening home game of the new season will be against Chelsea on August 24, and Ferguson could be a notable absentee for Jose Mourinho's first visit back to Old Trafford since his return to the Premier League.
Although Ferguson intends not to interfere as Moyes begins his new job, the legendary former Manchester United manager will be available for advice should the 50-year-old want it, having taken a place on the club's board.
"Alex will help David Moyes; he won’t intrude, he will help him," Sir Bobby Charlton told reporters.
"Like Alex, Moyes has a work ethic and maybe there’s something the Scots know that we don’t because he’s a very good manager.
"He’s going to be quite happy here, I’m sure. He’s very, very professional and I think he will be a big success at our club.
"[Ferguson] is coming onto the board and he’ll be welcomed. It won’t change the philosophy of the club. He’s really clever and astute and the board is well aware of his capabilities."