Ferguson wants winning finale
The 70-year-old Scot had been due to step down a decade ago but has justified his change of heart by winning five more Premier League titles to complement the seven he already had, and adding a second UEFA Champions League triumph.
He has also won the FA Cup and three League Cups during that time and, although he knows the end is approaching, he is determined to finish on a high.
"I think you always want to go out on a winning note," said Ferguson. "Hopefully we can do that. I don't know how long I can last now but if my health stays up I don't think another two or three years would harm me any."
And, while he insists there is no other role for him directly involved in football after he leaves his Old Trafford post, he has no plans to fade into the background. "I would definitely finish - but I would remain active," he added. "I think there would be a role at United after I finish."
In a lengthy interview with BBC Radio 5, due for broadcast this evening but extracts of which have been published by BBC Sport, Ferguson reflects on many aspects of his life and career.
The United manager revealed he missed out on the chance to sign Joe Hart, leading the way in clean sheets this season for title rivals and near-neighbours Manchester City and now England's first-choice goalkeeper. And he believes the 24-year-old is set to enjoy a lengthy spell as the national team's No1.
"I could have bought Joe Hart for £100,000 so we all make mistakes," he admitted. "I've no doubt [Hart will be England goalkeeper for the next ten years]. If you look at the England goalkeeper situation for the last 20 years, I would think he's easily the best."