Ferguson, who turns 70 in December, has vowed to continue on as manager of the Red Devils as long as his health allows him.
“I’ll continue as long as I feel healthy enough to do it,” said Ferguson. “In management, things change as the years go on. It’s different now even to seven or eight years ago. A lot of things have changed.”
The Scot has led United to 12 Premier League titles since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986 – and he admits his time at the club has been somewhat of a “fairytale”.
“It’s been a really fantastic spell for me and something you don’t think is going to happen,” he continued. “It’s been a bit of a fairytale to last so long and I appreciate that.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have some of the best players in the game and, when I look back on these players I think about how fortunate I am.
“It’s incredible when you look at who’s been here – Bryan Robson, Norman Whiteside, Brian McClair, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona. What a collection of fantastic players.
“It’s hard to think I actually controlled all these players for so long. Today, we have so many players with different personalities from different cultures.”
United take on Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday hoping to reduce the five-point gap to league leaders and derby rivals Manchester City, who travel to Queens Park Rangers in the late kick-off.
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