Jonny Evans does not expect Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to slip into retirement any time soon.
The legendary Red Devils manager continues to set the standard at home and abroad and has offered no suggestion that he is even contemplating standing down from his Old Trafford post.
His son Darren Ferguson has hinted that his father would be prepared to bow out next summer should he secure a 19th league title for United and overtake Liverpool's record haul.
However, Evans is not so sure that a man who has been involved in football all his working life is ready to slope off into the shadows just yet.
"People have been saying this for years about the manager, but as long as he's feeling good, he will want to continue," the United centre-half told Sky Sports News.
Evans has broken into Ferguson's first-team plans this season, after previously being farmed out on loan in order to gain valuable experience.
He has played a prominent role in a campaign which still sees United pursuing an unprecedented quintuple.
The 21-year-old has also become a key player for Northern Ireland this term and he admits that the pressures of competing on so many fronts have started to catch up with him of late.
"I have enjoyed having a few days off, but once you have had two or three days off you are just dying to get back into it again," he said.
Evans has helped his country to the top of 2010 World Cup qualifying Group 3, six games into their campaign.
With Northern Ireland having failed to qualify for a major tournament since 1986, Evans is desperate to secure a spot in South Africa, especially as a number of his team-mates at club level are likely to be flying out with England.
"They [England] failed to qualify for a major tournament last year, but they're doing really well in their group this year," he said.
"It would mean a lot to some of the younger players in their team and it would be an unbelievable achievement for a team like Northern Ireland."