Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he has no "ongoing dialogue" with current Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal - but says the two do speak every now and then.
Ferguson stepped down from the Old Trafford hot seat in 2013 after more than 26 years at the helm, to be replaced by former Everton boss David Moyes. However his tenure was cut short after ten disastrous months in charge, and now Van Gaal has been handed the task of taking Manchester United back to the top of the table.
The Dutchman has had a rocky start to life at Old Trafford and failed to oversee a victory in his first five league games in charge, but appears to have turned a corner in the last two games.
They've picked up wins in each of their last two Premier League fixtures against West Ham and Everton which moved them up to fourth place in the Premier League, and will look to make it three from three when they take on West Brom this weekend.
Ferguson came in for criticism for his role in both Moyes' appointment and his involvement during the Scot's time in charge - and ever since Van Gaal took over the legendary manager has been not so prominent. Now he's revealed that he's taken a backseat since the former Bayern Munich boss took charge - although he does still have an input.
"There's no ongoing dialogue. He comes into my office sometimes after the game, into the lounge, and we have a chat," Ferguson told MUTV. "But it's not a matter of picking up a phone or anything like that. He's a very capable person with a strong mentality. He's a strong leader.
"He knows where I am if he ever did need me but there has not been any need for him to phone me."
Van Gaal has been charged with securing Champions League qualification for Manchester United this season, and spent over £150 million on six new players including Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to achieve just that.
However Ferguson believes he shouldn't be judged on short-term results, and should be given time to bed into the club to show he can be successful.
"He’s not been getting the results that are expected but when I came to the club [in November 1986] I didn’t get the results I expected myself at the beginning," he explained.
"What we needed then was Sir Bobby Charlton, Martin Edwards and the board to stick by me and we had a great spell after that. Once I got settled into the club, everything was fine. Louis is going through that same process and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will sort it out.”
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