Sir Bobby Charlton has revealed that Sir Matt Busby helped ensure Sir Alex Ferguson never came under serious threat of the sack as Manchester United boss.
Life for Ferguson could have been so different had United's original knight of the realm wavered when the pressure started to be applied ahead of the famous FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest in 1990.
As it happened, Busby was solidly behind his fellow Scot, feelings that were portrayed to the United board by Charlton, who insisted the Old Trafford hierarchy always knew they had someone special at the helm.
"Sometimes you would have a little chat about things but Matt was in no doubt either," Charlton explained.
"He didn't have a worry at all. He knew we had the right man."