Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes Alex Ferguson will remain the club’s manager for “as long as he can carry on” after guiding the Red Devils to the brink of a record 19th league crown.
Yesterday’s 2-1 win over rivals Chelsea left the Red Devils needing just one point from their remaining two games – against Blackburn and Blackpool – to ensure Barclays Premier League glory.
This title will have added significance because it will take United past Liverpool’s mark of 18, which has stood since 1990, making the Old Trafford outfit England’s most successful side.
Ferguson, who who took over the United reins in 1986, bowed towards the home fans at the full-time whistle yesterday but Yorke does not think his former boss plans to call it a day any time soon.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I really genuinely think he’s there for a bit longer.
“When you have so much success – he’s got the club running exactly the way he wants it – he doesn’t need to do much.
“I think he’ll continue as long as he can carry on. I can’t see him outside the game because that’s all he knows.
“Even in my time when I was playing there were rumours he was going to leave and that was 10-12 years ago and he’s still there. I assume that he will be there forever.”
He continued: “The question has been asked on many occasions, ’when is he going to retire?’ I think that was one of the things in the back of his mind, to really put alongside all his ambitions as a manager.
“This was his ultimate ambition, to knock the Liverpool hierarchy off winning the Premier League.
“He’s hopefully managed to do that this year. He just seems to get better and better.
“I was there two days ago, having a conversation with him – he’s there watching the training session, his enthusiasm for the game hasn’t changed, his passion for it and his continued desire to win and keep breaking records hasn’t changed.
“I think he will be around for a little while longer and continue to break records.”
Ferguson will also have the chance to clinch a third Champions League title when his team face Barcelona in the final at Wembley on May 28.
Yorke, who was part of the treble-winning side of 1999, has run out of superlatives for the Scot.
“You just run out of words how to describe Sir Alex Ferguson,” he said. “He’s done it all, seen it all, yet still got amazing passion.
“You saw his celebration at the end of it [yesterday]. He knows what a big result that was for his team.”