Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted former boss Sir Alex Ferguson is not interfering with his work at Old Trafford, though admitted he regularly consults with his countryman.
Ferguson went to watch his former side for the first time earlier this week, sitting in the director's box as Wayne Rooney inspired a 4-2 victory over Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in their first Champions League group game of the season.
His first appearance at Old Trafford since retiring was always going to bring questions for his successor about the influence the great man is having at Manchester United - Moyes insisted it was only as much as he wanted.
"No, absolutely none whatsoever," he told reporters when asked if Ferguson was influencing any team affairs.
"I’m happy for him to be here. He is not interfering. There is no interference whatsoever because he knows what it is to be a manager and he knows what that entails. You have to get on with the job yourself."
Moyes even went so far as to claim he was pleased that Ferguson was beginning to increase his presence around Manchester United since recovering from a hip operation.
"I speak to him once a week. I pop in to see him after the game. We’ll say hello. He is a director now and I am going to use his advice. Why would I not do that? I would be a fool not to."
Stepping into the Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes was always going to be difficult for the former Everton boss, but he will go a long way to laying foundations for his own legacy by beating rivals Manchester City in the derby on Sunday afternoon.
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