Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was looking to replace Paul Scholes with Ilkay Gundogan.
The Scot retired back in 2013 after steering the Red Devils to their 13th Premier League title. It was also Paul Scholes' final year at Old Trafford.
However, Meulensteen said Germany international Gundogan, who was playing for Borussia Dortmund at the time, was one of Ferguson’s final targets as a replacement for Scholes.
"If Fergie had carried on then we would have added some more quality, probably some more energy," Meulensteen told the Evening Standard. "I wouldn't say it was an ageing squad, it was a mature squad.
"I'm sure if Fergie would have stayed the continuity and stability would've been there and United would've competed for the title again. We were looking at Gundogan from Dortmund and (Marco) Reus at that time.
“We were looking at Gundogan - someone similar [to Scholes], who could keep ticking the ball over, thinks quick and has tempo."