Louis van Gaal has been reassured by Manchester United that Sir Alex Ferguson will have no major role in the club's future affairs, reports the Sunday People.

The veteran Holland coach has long been touted as David Moyes' replacement but negotiations between Van Gaal and Manchester United have been tough.

During those negotiations, Van Gaal raised serious concerns over the lingering presence of former United manager Ferguson and the influence he still has over the club.

With his appointment set to be confirmed next week, it is believed that Van Gaal was told by Manchester United that Ferguson will have little or no influence over the club's  future.

The role of the Class of 92 stars Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes was thought to be the topic delaying an agreement but the Sunday People claim is was Fergie's power that threatened to impact his plans at Old Trafford.

Moyes was chosen by Ferguson himself to take over last summer, but it is believed that the Glazers and Ed Woodward are keen to start fresh with a new era, free of Ferguson's influence.

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