Sir Alex Ferguson claims he is not interested in Wayne Rooney’s future and declared it is an issue for David Moyes now.
The England striker asked to leave Manchester United a couple of weeks ago and, after last week’s 2-1 win against Swansea, Ferguson said Rooney would not be allowed to go.
Now the retiring manager, who signed Rooney from Moyes’ Everton for £24 million in 2004, said it is up to his successor to decide whether the striker stays at Old Trafford.
He said: "I’ve no idea. It is not my department. I am no longer interested in that. David is going to deal with that.
"I’m sure he will address it when he gets here. Quite rightly he wants to deal with that and I’m happy with that.
"I have spoken to David a few times. Obviously he’ll want to come in quite soon when the season finishes and speak to the staff and things like that."
Moyes sued Rooney over comments the Liverpudlian made in his autobiography but relations between the pair are thought to have improved.
He gave a hint that he wants to keep the 27-year-old in a speech to the Cambridge Union on Monday when he described Rooney as "an exceptional talent" and "the last of the classic street footballers".
Meanwhile, it is reported that Rio Ferdinand, whose current contract expires in the summer, is close to signing a new one-year deal.